grilse

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From the earlier form gilse, from Welsh gleisiad, from glas (blue).

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grilse (plural grilses)

  1. A young salmon after its first return from the sea.
    • 1961, Albert Upton, Design for Thinking: A First Book in Semantics, Stanford University Press, page 4:
      In our own tongue salmon are fry as babies, parr as children, smolt as adolescents, and grilse as adults.

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