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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-nad-ruh-muh s]
    • /əˈnæd rə məs/
    • /ˈanədrəməs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-nad-ruh-muh s]
    • /əˈnæd rə məs/

Definitions of anadromous word

  • adjective anadromous (of fishes such as the salmon) migrating up rivers from the sea in order to breed 3
  • adjective anadromous going from salt water to fresh water or up rivers to spawn 3
  • adjective anadromous (of fish) migrating from salt water to spawn in fresh water, as salmon of the genera Salmo and Oncorhynchus (distinguished from catadromous). 1
  • noun anadromous (of a fish, such as the salmon) migrating up rivers from the sea to spawn. 1
  • adjective anadromous (of a migratory fish) That lives in the sea and breeds in fresh water. 0
  • adjective anadromous (botany) Of a fern in which the first veins in a frond segment are produced towards the apex of the frond. 0

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Origin of anadromous

First appearance:

before 1745
One of the 47% newest English words
First recorded in 1745-55, anadromous is from the Greek word anádromos running upward. See ana-, -drome, -ous

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anadromous popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 70% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
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