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kype Line breaks: kype

Definition of kype in English:


A hook formed on the lower jaw of adult male salmon and trout during the breeding season.
Example sentences
  • Hen salmon have a tiny kype on the lower jaw but unlike cocks they retain normal head proportions while in the river.
  • The fish at the river mouths will be a mix of types, all the way from dark males with bold kypes to silver missiles full of energy.
  • The largest male is dominant and defends his territory by charging the smaller ones, using his kype to nip them.


Mid 20th century: variant of Scots kip, perhaps influenced by pike1.

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