Definition of grayling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡrāliNG/


1An edible freshwater fish of Eurasia and North America that is silvery-gray with horizontal violet stripes and has a long, high dorsal fin.
  • Genus Thymallus, family Salmonidae: several species
Example sentences
  • 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 that has wings with bright eyespots and grayish undersides.
  • Hipparchia semele, subfamily Satyrinae, family Nymphalidae
Example sentences
  • 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 gray1 + -ling.

Words that rhyme with grayling

failing, mailing, paling, railing, sailing, tailing, unavailing, veiling, wailing
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