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Trout
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These predatorily living fresh-water fish (Salmo trutta L.) were first mentioned by Ambr. Exam. 5,3,7 as 'quite large variegated fish, called trout' (varii maiores, quos vocant troctas; v.l. tructas), that commit their eggs to the water to develop by themselves (ova generant ... et aquis fovenda committunt). This view is adopted by Isidore (Orig. 12,6,6) when deriving their name from their variegation (varii et varietate) and by Hrabanus Maurus (De universo 8,5, PL 111,237) from him. In accordance with a proverb, Alexander Neckam (De naturis r…

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Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg), “Trout”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 29 November 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e413830>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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