- an important food fish, Oncorhynchus nerka, inhabiting the North Pacific.
Origin of sockeye salmon
1865–70; sockeye, alteration (by folk etymology) of Halkomelem (Mainland dial.) sθə́qəỷ
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Examples from the Web for sockeye
Another fine "any time" plate is Bristol Bay (Alaska) sockeye salmon.Spaghetti for Breakfast?! Not So Crazy at This Idaho Farm Café
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The coiffed and preened diners look up from such offerings as wild Alaskan sockeye salmon and goat-cheese tart.Chicago Gangs Go ‘Wilding’ Amid Rising Gun Violence in Obama’s Hometown
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And the Fraser River canneries wonder why sockeye is getting scarce.
But the number one grades, sockeye and blueback and coho, are short.
With the opening of the sockeye season on the Fraser and in the north the Japs abandoned trolling for the gill net.
Sockeye, the finest canning salmon that swims in the sea, is bringing eighty cents on the Fraser.
This is the sockeye run, which is always very large, but varies in different years, every fourth year being an extra large one.Fishing in British Columbia
Thomas Wilson Lambert
- a Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka, having red flesh and valued as a food fishAlso called: red salmon
by folk etymology from Salishan sukkegh