anadromous

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From Ancient Greek ἀνάδρομος (anádromos), from ἀνά (aná, up) + δρόμοs (drómos, running).

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anadromous (not comparable)

  1. (of a migratory fish) That lives in the sea and breeds in fresh water.
    Shads and most species of salmon are anadromous.
    • 2014 April 20, Richard Conniff, The New York Times[1]:
      Alewives are anadromous fish: Born in freshwater, they spend their lives in the ocean, returning annually to their birthplaces to spawn.
  2. (botany) Of a fern in which the first veins in a frond segment are produced towards the apex of the frond.

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