Meaning of ferox in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfɛrɒks/


(also ferox trout)
  • A brown trout of a very large variety, occurring in large deep lakes in north-western Europe.

    ‘Basically the ferox is a brown trout that has over millennia developed a quite distinct lifestyle.’
    • ‘The large ferox trout patrol the deeps and there are shoals of smaller trout in the deeps also.’
    • ‘Surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend, the mighty ferox trout that inhabit the deepest and darkest of our Highland lochs are arguably the most elusive and sporting quarry available to Scottish rod anglers.’
    • ‘Not only do these ferox trout lie much deeper than ordinary brownies, they are cannibalistic in their diet.’
    • ‘Lough Talt also holds an unusual type of fish eating trout known as the ferox trout, which feeds mostly on Arctic char.’
    • ‘The largest lake trout, known as ferox, become almost solely fish eaters, following the huge shoals of artic charr found in the huge ice-age lakes of Northern England and Scotland.’
    • ‘Fly-fishing was very poor in the Oughterard area where trolling for ferox trout and salmon took place, the salmon fishing regarded as very poor even though lots of salmon are present.’
    • ‘Awe has a reputation for ferox (large trout in the teens of pounds) and anglers will actively troll for these and also large rainbow escapees from the local fish farm.’
    • ‘I've been fortunate enough to see ferox trout and to catch them and, believe me, the experience is monumental.’
    • ‘The lough continues to give up more and more specimen ferox trout, and the good thing is that many are being returned again to the water.’
    • ‘He spoke particularly of the need to assess ferox trout stocks and look at greater conservation.’


Mid 19th century from modern Latin Salmo ferox, literally ‘fierce salmon’, former name of the variety.