sockeye salmon

noun
sock·​eye salmon | \ ˈsäk-ˌī- How to pronounce sockeye salmon (audio) \

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

Examples of sockeye salmon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In order to make weight before hibernating, bears are known to stock up on sockeye salmon, which contain about 4,500 calories per fish. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Who's the fattest? 'Earl of Avoirdupois,' bear 747, beats 'Chunk' in Fat Bear Week 2020 championship," 7 Oct. 2020 The park holds Fat Bear Week, an online competition that highlights how intensely the bears eat, stuffing themselves with sockeye salmon at the Brooks River to gain weight for winter hibernation. Johnny Diaz New York Times, Star Tribune, "In Alaska, bears compete for the title of hungriest," 3 Oct. 2020 Most of that fat comes from chowing down on sockeye salmon, which pack thousands of calories each. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Cast Your Votes for Fat Bear Week’s Chunky Champion," 30 Sep. 2020 Managers in Oregon and Washington are hoping recent surges in summer chinook and sockeye salmon will play out as well for fall chinook and summer steelhead (already off to a good start). oregonlive, "Bill Monroe: Complex Columbia River fall salmon regulations start Saturday," 31 July 2020 The Obama administration had previously concluded that Pebble Mine would harm water quality and the region’s sockeye salmon. Washington Examiner, "Donald Trump Jr. opposes big Alaska gold mine as administration moves toward approving it," 4 Aug. 2020 The president’s namesake and the vice president’s former top staffer both tweeted Tuesday asking President Trump to block a giant gold and copper mine from being built at the headwaters of the world’s greatest sockeye salmon fishery in Alaska. Steven Mufson, Washington Post, "President’s son Donald Jr. on Twitter calls for blocking Alaska mine in sensitive fishing area," 4 Aug. 2020 For animals such as sockeye salmon, summer indicates mating season has arrived. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "The Coronavirus Can't Stop These Fat Bears," 30 June 2020 At the same time, the world's most productive sockeye salmon fishery could be obliterated. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: Saving the Amazon and sourcing clean water for Navajo Nation," 1 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of sockeye salmon

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sockeye salmon

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

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17 Oct 2020

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“Sockeye salmon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sockeye%20salmon. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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