Char(r). An uncommon freshwater fish of the same family as salmon, trout and related to grayling and the vendace or powan, found in the rivers of northern Europe, north western United States and Canada. One variety of char migrates from the rivers like salmon. They have a steely blue-grey back with salmon-pink speckles on the sides, and a red underbelly. They have sweet firm flesh which varies from white to pink, dependent upon its own diet, and with good flavour, some say better than trout, being something like a cross between trout and salmon. The Inuit have many names for char(r), depending on the season, the age, and the maturity, as the Japanese do with tuna.