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[koh-kan-ee] /koʊˈkæn i/
any of several lacustrine sockeye salmons.
Origin of kokanee
1870-75; perhaps < Shuswap (an Interior Salish language of British Columbia) kəknǽxw Unabridged
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Examples from the web for kokanee
  • If you stop at the observation platform overlooking the river, you may spot kokanee, a landlocked species of salmon.
  • The kokanee is the landlocked version of the sockeye salmon.
  • kokanee's homes were literally lifted into place by a giant cranes.
  • The spawning runs of kokanee salmon and cutthroat trout attract many visitors to the valley each year.
  • kokanee salmon are actually red salmon that spend all their life in fresh water.
  • Parasite spores were found in two kokanee salmon at the reservoir.
British Dictionary definitions for kokanee


a landlocked salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka kennerlyi, of lakes in W North America: a variety of sockeye
Word Origin
probably from Kokanee Creek, in SE British Columbia
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