Compare Scottish Gaelic bradan (“salmon”). For the salmon life stage, the word originates from the old english parren (to enclose), refering to the spots running along the side of the fish, resembling the bars of a fence .
- Young salmon, at a stage between fry and smolt when they feed chiefly on invertebrates but cannot tolerate saltwater.
- A young leveret.
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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for parr in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)