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chum salmon

noun
1.
a Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus keta, occurring from southern California to Alaska and off the coasts of Japan and Korea, fished commercially and for sport.
Also called chum, dog salmon, keta.
Origin of chum salmon
1905-1910
1905-10; chum < Chinook Jargon cam mixed colors, spotted, striped < Lower Chinook c'ə́m(·) variegated
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