- any of several lacustrine sockeye salmons.
Origin of kokanee
1870–75; perhaps < Shuswap (an Interior Salish language of British Columbia) kəknǽxw
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- a landlocked salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka kennerlyi, of lakes in W North America: a variety of sockeye
Word Origin for kokanee
probably from Kokanee Creek, in SE British Columbia
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