Definition of grayling in English:


Line breaks: gray|ling
Pronunciation: /ˈgreɪlɪŋ


  • 1An edible freshwater fish which is silvery-grey with horizontal violet stripes and has a long high dorsal fin, of both Eurasia and North America.
    • Genus Thymallus, family Salmonidae: several species
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    • By carrying out the project we hope to attract fish, such as chub, dace, grayling and trout as well as other wildlife back to this particular stretch of river.
    • Most species of river fish will be surveyed including trout, grayling, dace, barbel, chub and pike.
    • Like all salmonids the grayling has a small adipose fin behind the dorsal fin.
  • 2A mainly brown European butterfly which has wings with bright eyespots and greyish undersides.
    • Hipparchia semele, subfamily Satyrinae, family Nymphalidae
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    • The grayling is a common heathland butterfly.
    • Has anyone come across the magnificent Banded Grayling Butterfly in this area in recent years?
    • This Grayling Butterfly is sunning itself on the bark of a large Pine tree, if I had not seen it pitch it probably would have gone undetected.


Middle English: from gray (variant of grey) + -ling.

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