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Webster 1913 Edition


Trout

Trout

(trout)
,
Noun.
[AS.
truht
, L.
tructa
,
tructus
; akin to Gr.
τρώκτησ
a sea fish with sharp teeth, fr.
τρώγειν
to gnaw.]
1.
(Zool.)
Any one of numerous species of fishes belonging to
Salmo
,
Salvelinus
, and allied genera of the family
Salmonidae
. They are highly esteemed as game fishes and for the quality of their flesh. All the species breed in fresh water, but after spawning many of them descend to the sea if they have an opportunity.
☞ The most important European species are the river, or brown, trout (
Salmo fario
), the salmon trout, and the sewen. The most important American species are the brook, speckled, or red-spotted, trout (
Salvelinus fontinalis
) of the Northern United States and Canada; the red-spotted trout, or Dolly Varden (see
Malma
); the lake trout (see
Namaycush
); the black-spotted, mountain, or silver, trout (
Salmo purpuratus
); the golden, or rainbow, trout (see under
Rainbow
); the blueback trout (see
Oquassa
); and the salmon trout (see under
Salmon
.) The European trout has been introduced into America.
2.
(Zool.)
Any one of several species of marine fishes more or less resembling a trout in appearance or habits, but not belonging to the same family, especially the California rock trouts, the common squeteague, and the southern, or spotted, squeteague; – called also
salt-water trout
,
sea trout
,
shad trout
, and
gray trout
. See
Squeteague
, and
Rock trout
under
Rock
.
Trout perch
(Zool.)
,
a small fresh-water American fish (
Percopsis guttatus
), allied to the trout, but resembling a perch in its scales and mouth.

Webster 1828 Edition


Trout

TROUT

,
Noun.
[L. trutta.] A river fish of the genus Salmo, variegated with spots, and esteemed as most delicate food.

Definition 2022


Trout

Trout

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English

Proper noun

Trout

  1. A surname.

trout

trout

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English

a brown trout

Noun

trout (countable and uncountable, plural trout or trouts)

  1. Any of several species of fish in Salmonidae, closely related to salmon, and distinguished by spawning more than once.
    Many anglers consider trout to be the archetypical quarry.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
      Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges over the cold trout-streams, the boards giving back the clatter of our horses' feet: [] .
    • 1922, Michael Arlen, chapter 3/19/2, in “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days:
      “This morning,” he said, “We will fish, Turner. We will cast for trout so that we may catch grayling.”
  2. (Britain, pejorative) An elderly woman of dubious sensibilities.
    Look, you silly old trout, you can't keep bringing home cats! You can't afford the ones you have!

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trout (third-person singular simple present trouts, present participle trouting, simple past and past participle trouted)

  1. (Internet chat) To (figuratively) slap someone with a slimy, stinky, wet trout; to admonish jocularly.

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