nounWord forms: plural smelts or smelt
any of various fishes (order Salmoniformes); esp., any of a family (Osmeridae) of small, silvery, salmonoid
food fishes found in northern seas or lakes: most run up rivers to spawn
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Word origin of 'smelt'ME < OE, akin to Norw smelt, whiting, Du smelt, Ger schmelte, sand eel