Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several freshwater food and game fishes of the genus Thymallus of the Northern Hemisphere, having a small mouth and large dorsal fin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any freshwater fish of the genus Thymallus or specifically Thymallus thymallus, of the salmon family, having a large dorsal fin.
  • n. A species of butterfly, Hipparchia semele, of the family Nymphalidae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A European fish (Thymallus vulgaris), allied to the trout, but having a very broad dorsal fin; -- called also umber. It inhabits cold mountain streams, and is valued as a game fish.
  • n. An American fish of the genus Thymallus, having similar habits to the above; one species (T. Ontariensis), inhabits several streams in Michigan; another (T. montanus), is found in the Yellowstone region.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fish of the family Salmonidæ and genus Thymallus.
  • n. The dace.
  • n. A common European butterfly, Hipparchia semele: so called from the gray under side of the wings.
  • n. In Australia, Prototroctes muræna, of the family Hoplochitonidæ, a fish which remotely resembles the English grayling. Also called cucumber-fish, cucumber-mullet, fresh-water herring, and Yarra herring.
  • n. An American agapetid butterfly, Cercyonis alope, which occurs in several well-marked varieties. See below.

Etymologies

gray +‎ -ling (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In Montana today, the grayling is a “high profile” species in fisheries programs.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • But the chief glory of the grayling is the large iridescent fin on his back.

    Little Rivers; a book of essays in profitable idleness

  • Charles Cotton, the ingenious young friend of Walton, was all wrong in calling the grayling "one of the deadest-hearted fishes in the world."

    Little Rivers; a book of essays in profitable idleness

  • The first occasion on which I ever saw and caught one of the beautiful fish herein described as grayling was on a day many months previous to our former party camping on Scarr's Creek.

    The Call Of The South 1908

  • The grayling is the deadest-hearted and the foolishest-headed fish that swims.

    Angling Sketches

  • "The grayling is a unique part of the natural heritage of Montana," said Leah Elwell, conservation coordinator for the Federation of Fly Fishers.

    Earthjustice Press Releases

  • Although Scarr's creek was full of "grayling" they were too small for salting; but were delicious eating when fried.

    The Call Of The South 1908

  • Others that were once of primary importance to state anglers - such as grayling - are now a distant memory, having been fully extirpated from state waters.

    Pure Michigan Travel

  • But interesting that the ecosystems we love, in some cases, are the results of man - alewive, salmon, and steelhead in the Great Lakes, brown and brook trout in Michigan streams (that used to be infested with grayling).

    Global Warming...

  • I caught lots of 25 '' char and a 3.5 pound grayling. bristol bay is better, 4 pound grayling and tons of char 10+ pounds. my biggest is about 17 pounds, 33 '' by 23 ''

    The Three-Day Cutt Slam...

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