Definition of parr in English:

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Pronunciation: /pär/

noun (plural same)

A young salmon or trout between the stages of fry and smolt, distinguished by dark rounded patches evenly spaced along its sides.
Example sentences
  • There is significant shift in the MHC composition of trout red muscle between parr and smolts.
  • Salmon parr in the wild will naturally come across patches of substrate of similar color to the marble chips used in this experiment.
  • Quantitative analysis of duty cycle shows a significant increase in duty cycle at each position between parr and smolts.


Early 18th century: of unknown origin.

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Syllabification: parr

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