One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A salmonid, specifically (in Great Britain and Ireland) the sea trout, Salmo trutta, and (in North America) the lake trout, Salvelinus namaycush.
2US a weakfish of the genus Cynoscion.
3US a black bass of the genus Micropterus.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Smyth (1567–1641), antiquary and parliamentary diarist.
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