grilse
noun (plural grilse) Etymology: Middle English grills Date: 15th century a young Atlantic salmon returning to its native river to spawn for the first time after one winter at sea; broadly any of various salmon at such a stage of development

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  • Grilse — Grilse, n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Zo[ o]l.) A young salmon after its first return from the sea. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grilse — [grils] n. pl. grilse or grilses [ME grills, prob. metathesis of OFr gisle, dim. < gris, gray: see GRISAILLE] a young salmon on its first return from the sea to fresh water …   English World dictionary

  • grilse — ► NOUN ▪ a salmon that has returned to fresh water after a single winter at sea. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • grilse — /grils/, n., pl. grilses, (esp. collectively) grilse. a young Atlantic salmon as it returns from the sea to fresh water for the first time. [1375 1425; late ME grills, grilles (pl.) < ?] * * * …   Universalium

  • grilse — [[t]grɪls[/t]] n. pl. grils•es, (esp. collectively)grilse. ich an Atlantic salmon on its first return from the sea to fresh water • Etymology: 1375–1425; late ME grills, grilles (pl.), of obscure orig …   From formal English to slang

  • grilse — /grɪls/ (say grils) noun (plural grilse) a salmon returning from the sea to the river for the first time. {Middle English; origin unknown} …   Australian English dictionary

  • grilse — 1) strictly, a mature one winter salmon ready to spawn and so much smaller than those having spent several winters in the sea. Used particularly in reference to Salmo salar and members of the genus Oncorhynchus 2) a precociously mature,… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • grilse — noun A young salmon after its first return from the sea …   Wiktionary

  • grilse — salmon first returning to the river from the sea Unusual Animals …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • grilse — grɪls n. stage in life cycle of young male salmon when it first returns from the sea to fresh water for its first spawning …   English contemporary dictionary

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