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Migrating up rivers from the sea to breed in fresh water. Used of fish.
[From Greek anadromos, running up : ana-, ana- + dromos, a running.]
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(Zoology) (of fishes such as the salmon) migrating up rivers from the sea in order to breed. Compare catadromous
[C18: from Greek anadromos running upwards, from ana- + dromos a running]
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a•nad•ro•mous(əˈnæd rə məs)
(of fish) migrating from salt water to spawn in fresh water, as salmon (disting. from catadromous).
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Relating to fish that migrate up rivers from the sea to breed in fresh water. Salmon and shad are anadromous.
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a term describing fish that migrate upriver to spawn.See also: Fish
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|Adj.||1.||anadromous - migrating from the sea to fresh water to spawn|
catadromous - migrating from fresh water to the sea to spawn
diadromous - (used of fish) migratory between fresh and salt waters
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