from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A young salmon during its first two years of life, when it lives in fresh water.
  • n. The young of various other fishes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Young salmon, between fry and smolt.
  • n. A young leveret.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A young salmon in the stage when it has dark transverse bands; -- called also samlet, skegger, and fingerling.
  • n. A young leveret.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A young salmon having dark cross-bars and spots on the sides, not yet ready to go down to the sea; a brandling. A parr becomes, in the next stage of growth, a smolt.
  • n. By extension, the young of some other fishes, as the codfish, of corresponding age.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Queen of England as the 6th wife of Henry VIII (1512-1548)
  • n. a young salmon up to 2 years old
  • n. the young of various fishes


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare Gaelic and Irish bradan salmon. (Wiktionary)



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