Definition of kokanee in English:


Line breaks: ko|ka¦nee
Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊkani

noun (plural same or kokanees)

A sockeye salmon of a dwarf variety which lives in landlocked lakes in western North America.
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  • Migrating kokanee salmon experience a comparable elevation in plasma cortisol compared to the levels seen in ocean-run species.
  • It was about fifteen inches long, a healthy length for a mature kokanee, but smaller than its coastal doppelgänger, the sockeye.
  • The sockeye are very similar to kokanee salmon, which do not migrate and spend their entire lives in Redfish Lake.


late 19th century: from Shuswap (a Salish language).

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