Definitions

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

  • n. A colorfully spotted trout (Salvelinus malma) of northwest North America and eastern Asia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woman's outfit, briefly fashionable in Britain and America in the late nineteenth century, with a brightly patterned, usually flowered, dress with a polonaise overskirt gathered up and draped over a separate underskirt.
  • n. Salvelinus malma malma, a fish in the salmon family.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A character in Dickens's novel “Barnaby Rudge,” a beautiful, lively, and coquettish girl who wore a cherry-colored mantle and cherry-colored ribbons.
  • A style of light, bright-figured dress goods for women; also, a style of dress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A woman's gown of gay-flowered material, usually a muslin print, made with a pointed bodice and a skirt tucked up or draped over a petticoat of solid color: worn about 1865-70.
  • n. A species of trout or char of California, Salvelinus malma.
  • n. A large hat with a brim overloaded with flowers, worn at one time by women.

Etymologies

After Dolly Varden, a character known for her colorful costume in the novel Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
After a lively, coquettish character in Dickens' novel Barnaby Rudge. (Wiktionary)

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  • In my area, now called bull trout, just to further confuse the name of this threatened species of char. Last winter I caught and released a big one while fishing for steelhead in Idaho's Salmon River.

    January 14, 2013