from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small landlocked variety of the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar ounaniche) of Lake St. John, Canada, and neighboring waters, noted for its vigor and activity, and habit of leaping from the water when hooked.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A common name of a subspecies of the Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar ouananiche, found in the Saguenay river, Canada, and neighboring waters. Being more active and vigorous, though smaller, than the salmon, it has attracted much attention from fishermen. Jour. Amer.


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  • Examples are its creative borrowings from Indian languages for place names such as Canada and Quebec, and for flora and fauna: achigan for black bass, atoca for cranberry canneberge in France, ouananiche for a freshwater salmon, ouaouaron for a bull frog, orignal for moose, and caribou for a genus of large deer.

    Champlain's Dream

  • In eastern Canada, landlocked salmon—or ouananiche, as they are called locally—are common in lakes of Quebec, on the island of Newfoundland, and in Labrador.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • In 1894, the landlocked salmon of Quebec was described as a subspecies, “S. salar ouananiche.”

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • No precise count is available of how many Canadian lakes hold ouananiche, because many are in remote areas and these populations are yet to be surveyed, but lake salmon are a common element in the fish fauna of the lakes of eastern Canada.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • Who hath worked the chosen waters where the ouananiche is waiting?

    Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts

  • "Do you know the chosen water where the ouananiche is waiting?"

    The Forest

  • We made our casts, and I quickly landed a twenty-inch ouananiche and Richards hooked a big trout that, after much play, was brought ashore.

    The Long Labrador Trail

  • Then we'll spring the ouananiche on 'cm and they'll faint.

    The Long Labrador Trail

  • Richards, however, still held the record as to big fish, both trout and ouananiche, and the others vowed they would take it from him if they had to fish nights to do it.

    The Long Labrador Trail

  • It proved to be an ouananiche that measured twenty-seven and one-half inches in length by eleven and one-quarter inches in girth.

    The Long Labrador Trail


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  • Land-locked salmon.

    June 1, 2008