sockeye salmon

an important food fish, Oncorhynchus nerka, inhabiting the North Pacific.
Also called blueback salmon, red salmon, sockeye.

1865–70; sockeye, alteration (by folk etymology) of Halkomelem (Mainland dial.) sθə́qəỷ Unabridged
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sockeye (ˈsɒkˌaɪ)
Also called: red salmon a Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka, having red flesh and valued as a food fish
[by folk etymology from Salishan sukkegh]

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Example sentences for sockeye
More than half of the sockeye salmon caught today are sold frozen.
When smoked, sockeye has a stronger flavour and firmer texture than coho salmon.
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