American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A young salmon at the stage intermediate between the parr and the grilse, when it becomes covered with silvery scales and first migrates from fresh water to the sea.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A salmon in its second year, when it has lost its parr-marks and assumed its silvery scales; the stage of salmon-growth between the parr and the grilse. The smolt proceeds at once to the sea, and reappears in fresh water as the grilse.
- Smooth and shining.
- adj. Bright; serene.
- adj. of weather Calm; fine; fair.
- adj. Smooth and shining.
- n. A young salmon two or three years old, when it has acquired its silvery color.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A young salmon two or three years old, when it has acquired its silvery color.
- Probably an alteration of smelt, due to smolt ("smooth"). See above. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Medieval Latin smoltus, probably of Old English origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The infant salmon remains in fresh water at least one year, generally two years, without growing more than a few inches, and then about May assumes what is called the smolt-dress, that is to say, it loses the dark parr-bands and red spots of infancy and becomes silvery all over.”
“smolt," and is from six to eight inches long, still living in the river where it was hatched.”
“Slack water behind the dams make migrating smolt vulnerable to predators, and turbines at the dams puree many of them.”
“Trouble is, the Army Corps of Engineers has been barging and trucking smolt for 17 years, and the populations have still been plunging.”
“O. m. gairdneri steelhead spend two to three years in fresh water, smolt, and migrate to salt water.”
“Most sockeye smolt and migrate to the ocean when they are 3 to 6 inches 8-15 cm long.”
“They smolt and enter marine waters at only a few months of age, as pink and chum salmon do.”
“In these two species, the young smolt when they are barely 1 inch 25 mm long, allowing great numbers of juvenile salmon to migrate to the ocean from even small areas of freshwater spawning habitat.”
“In the northern part of their range, however, steelhead commonly smolt at three years of age.”
“In Arctic regions, it typically takes from four to eight years before a smolt size of about 7 to 10 inches 18-25 cm is attained, and the char then make annual migrations to the sea for about 30 to 60 days for intensive feeding.”
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