smolt

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English[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English smolt, smylt, from Old English smolt, smeolt (mild, peaceful, serene, still, gentle, clear, bright), from Proto-Indo-European *smultaz, *smeltaz (quiet, gentle), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)meld- (to beat, grind, crush, make weak). Cognate with Scots smolt (calm), Old Saxon smultro (quiet), Middle Dutch smolt, smout (weak, gentle, quiet), Middle High German smolz (dear, lovely, beautiful, sheen).

Adjective[edit]

smolt (comparative more smolt, superlative most smolt)

  1. (UK dialectal) Bright; serene.
  2. (UK dialectal, of weather) Calm; fine; fair.
  3. (UK dialectal) Smooth and shining.

Etymology 2[edit]

Probably an alteration of smelt, due to smolt (smooth). See above.

Noun[edit]

smolt (plural smolts)

  1. A young salmon two or three years old, when it has acquired its silvery color.
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smolt

  1. singular past indicative of smelten