Any one of numerous species of small silvery salmonoid fishes of the genus Osmerus and allied genera, which ascend rivers to spawn, and sometimes become landlocked in lakes. They are esteemed as food, and have a peculiar odor and taste.
A type of small salt water fish.
small cold-water silvery fish; migrate between salt and fresh water
small trout-like silvery marine or freshwater food fishes of cold northern waters
Various small round oily silver coloured seawater fish with a flavor similar to trout.
any of various small silvery marine and freshwater food fishes of the family Osmeridae found in cold waters of the Northern Hemisphere.
A small, schooling fish. Many larger fishes eat smelt.
Any of the small, slender fishes of the family Osmeridæ, characterized by a large mouth, cycloid scales, a lateral line, an adipose fin, and no spines in the fins. They eat crustaceans. Represented in the North Country by the popular Rainbow Smelt ( Osmerus mordax), a small, ocean fish introduced into the Great Lakes early in the last century and arriving in Superior by 1930. Their annual spawning run up the streams of the North Shore is a major event.