smolt(redirected from SMOLTS)
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A young salmon when it becomes covered with silvery scales and first migrates from fresh water to the sea.
intr.v. smolt·ed, smolt·ing, smolts
To become a smolt.
[Middle English, from Medieval Latin smoltus, probably of Old English origin.]
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(Animals) a young salmon at the stage when it migrates from fresh water to the sea
[C14: Scottish, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to smelt2]
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a young, silvery salmon in the stage of its first migration to the sea.
[1425–75; late Middle English; perhaps akin to smelt2]
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