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From Middle English grills, grilles, of unknown origin. Cognate with Scots grils, grissill, girls (young salmon). Compare English grawl, Scots grawl, graulse (young salmon, grilse).

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grilse (plural grilses)

  1. A young salmon after its first return from the sea.
    • 1961, Albert Upton, Design for Thinking: A First Book in Semantics, Stanford University Press, page 4:
      In our own tongue salmon are fry as babies, parr as children, smolt as adolescents, and grilse as adults.

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