sockeye salmon

[ sok-ahy ]
/ ˈsɒkˌaɪ /

noun

an important food fish, Oncorhynchus nerka, inhabiting the North Pacific.

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Also called blueback salmon, red salmon, sock·eye.

Origin of sockeye salmon

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

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British Dictionary definitions for sockeye

sockeye
/ (ˈsɒkˌaɪ) /

noun

a Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka, having red flesh and valued as a food fishAlso called: red salmon

Word Origin for sockeye

by folk etymology from Salishan sukkegh
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