American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Migrating up rivers from the sea to breed in fresh water. Used of fish.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Ascending. Applied— In zoology, to fishes which pass from the sea to fresh water to spawn.
- In botany, to ferns whose lowest secondary branches originate on the anterior side of the pinuæ.
- adj. of a migratory fish That lives in the sea and breeds in fresh water.
- adj. botany Of a fern in which the first veins in a frond segment are produced towards the apex of the frond.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Ascending rivers from the sea, at certain seasons, for breeding, as the salmon, shad, etc.
- adj. (Bot.) Tending upwards; -- said of terns in which the lowest secondary segments are on the upper side of the branch of the central stem.
- adj. migrating from the sea to fresh water to spawn
- From Ancient Greek ἀνάδρομος, from ἀνά ("up") + δρόμοs ("running"). (Wiktionary)
- From Greek anadromos, running up : ana-, ana- + dromos, a running. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term anadromous refers to fish that swim upstream to spawn, which includes many species of salmon.”
“Might have heard the term anadromous, which means they migrate to large bodies of water and return to tributaries to spawn.”
“The late Al McClane, a well known and widely traveled angling author, wrote that the Arctic char referring to the anadromous form of erythrinus of northern Canada may be quite literally the strongest fish that swims.”
“Although the term "anadromous" refers only to those fish that spawn in freshwater and live most of their lives in saltwater, it is often used interchangeably with "diadromous.”
“A stylized portrayal of some potential direct effects of climate parameters on arctic aquatic environments and some potential indirect effects on aquatic organisms such as anadromous fish.”
“Steelhead are, however, technically "anadromous," which, according to my dictionary, means "ascending rivers from the sea.”
“The term "anadromous" refers to fish which swim upstream to spawn and includes many species of salmon.”
“The term 'anadromous' refers to fish that swim upstream to spawn and includes many species of salmon.”
“Like salmon, sea lampreys are "anadromous", meaning they are born in fresh water, migrate to the sea for their adult life and eventually return to freshwater to spawn and die.”
“Hickory shad (Alosa mediocris) Grifton builds its annual festival around these fish, which are anadromous, meaning they live in the sea but enter freshwater to spawn.”
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