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A.Word.A.Day--Dolly Varden

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Dolly Varden (DOL-ee VAR-dn) noun

A colorfully spotted trout (Salvelinus malma) of northwest North America and eastern Asia.

[After Dolly Varden, a character known for her colorful costume in the novel Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens.]

"Chum bump the bottoms of our canoes in their insane upstream urges, and Dolly Varden leap shimmering into our waiting tortillas." Rauber, Paul, Fortress of the bear: paddling in the wake of the heroes of Admiralty Island, Sierra, 15 May 1998.

This week's theme: eponyms from fiction.


If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results. -Emily Bronte (1818-1848)

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