sockeye salmon

noun sock·eye salmon \ ˈsäk-ˌī- \
Updated on: 6 Nov 2017

Definition of sockeye salmon

:a commercially important Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) that is greenish blue above and silvery below when sexually immature and turns red with a greenish head when ascending rivers to spawn which it does chiefly from the Columbia northward called also red salmon, sockeye; compare kokanee

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Origin and Etymology of sockeye salmon

by folk etymology from Northern Straits (Salishan language of southern Vancouver Island and nearby islands) sə́qəy̓


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