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sockeye salmon

[sok-ahy] /ˈsɒkˌaɪ/
noun
1.
an important food fish, Oncorhynchus nerka, inhabiting the North Pacific.
Also called blueback salmon, red salmon, sockeye.
Origin of sockeye salmon
Halkomelem
1865-1870
1865-70; sockeye, alteration (by folk etymology) of Halkomelem (Mainland dial.) sθə́qəỷ
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  • With the opening of the sockeye season on the Fraser and in the north the Japs abandoned trolling for the gill net.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • And the Fraser River canneries wonder why sockeye is getting scarce.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • But the number one grades, sockeye and blueback and coho, are short.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • The sockeye or blue-back (O. nerka) is the chief source of the cannery supply.

    Fishing in British Columbia Thomas Wilson Lambert
  • sockeye, the finest canning salmon that swims in the sea, is bringing eighty cents on the Fraser.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • The cannery opened five days in advance of the sockeye season on the Fraser.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • He states that he has evidence to prove that the original gairdneri was the "nerka," which is the sockeye or blue-back salmon.

    Fishing in British Columbia Thomas Wilson Lambert
  • Coyote at once caught great numbers of sockeye and king salmon.

British Dictionary definitions for sockeye

sockeye

/ˈsɒkˌaɪ/
noun
1.
a Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka, having red flesh and valued as a food fish Also called red salmon
Word Origin
by folk etymology from Salishan sukkegh
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