sockeye-salmon

sockeye salmon

[sok-ahy]
noun
an important food fish, Oncorhynchus nerka, inhabiting the North Pacific.
Also called blueback salmon, red salmon, sockeye.


Origin:
1865–70; sockeye, alteration (by folk etymology) of Halkomelem (Mainland dial.) sθə́qəỷ

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sockeye salmon

noun
1. fatty red flesh of salmon of Pacific coast and rivers [syn: red salmon
2. small salmon with red flesh; found in rivers and tributaries of the northern Pacific and valued as food; adults die after spawning [syn: sockeye
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