Originally Posted by taxlady
I think "lox" is Yiddish for salmon. In Danish the word for salmon is "laks". Lox is usually smoked. Actually, I've never heard of lox that isn't smoked. Brined and not smoked is gravad laks. That means "buried salmon". That's how they used to do it before refrigeration.
'grav' = "grave" + 'lax' or 'laks' = "salmon"
"The term lox derives from Lachs in German and לאקס (laks) in Yiddish, meaning "salmon". It is a cognate of Icelandic and Swedish lax, Danish and Norwegian laks, and Old English læx."
Whatever it is, it's pretty good stuff. I can buy pretty good salmon (good enough for sashimi) and I'm tempted to try the brining.