ko·​kan·​ee kō-ˈka-nē How to pronounce kokanee (audio)
: a small landlocked sockeye salmon

Examples of kokanee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Horsethief became a popular destination because of its fantastic fishing — kokanee, rainbow trout and brown trout fill the lake. Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 There are trout and kokanee salmon here, plus tons of nearby wilderness areas for hiking and camping. Sarah Kuta, The Know, 8 July 2019 Head west from Gunnison and you’ll soon find yourself in fishing heaven — the reservoir is home to the largest kokanee salmon fishery in the United States, plus lots of trout and perch. Sarah Kuta, The Know, 8 July 2019 Kokanee have yet to emerge, and there is some concern over the number of kokanee available in the lake. sacbee, 9 Apr. 2018 The water temperature is hanging in the low 40s, a little cold for kokanee. sacbee, 23 Apr. 2018 The kokanee bite finally turned on with warmer water temperatures. sacbee, 30 Apr. 2018 Next week's two-and-a-half-year-old kokanee, however, not only survived last week's vanguard Washington show in Puyallup, but are thriving on cold well water. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, 2 Feb. 2018 The big news is kokanee to 16 inches are already being taken by topliners near the mouth of the river along with holdover rainbows. Bee Staff, sacbee, 26 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History


perhaps from Shuswap (Salishan language of British Columbia) kəknǽxʷ

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kokanee was in 1933

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“Kokanee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kokanee. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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