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(of fish) migrating from fresh water to spawn in the sea, as eels of the genus Anguilla (distinguished from anadromous).
Historical Examples

catadromous, kat-ad′rom-us, adj. of fishes, descending periodically for spawning to the lower parts of a river or to the sea.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various

Of the catadromous fishes there is a single example in our waters–the common eel.
Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America

(of fishes such as the eel) migrating down rivers to the sea in order to breed Compare anadromous


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