Definition of sockeye in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɒkʌɪ/
(also sockeye salmon)


A commercially valuable salmon of the North Pacific and rivers draining into it. Also called red salmon.
  • Oncorhynchus nerka, family Salmonidae. See also kokanee.
Example sentences
  • Several species, including white sturgeon, pink salmon, chum salmon, coho salmon, and sockeye salmon, come inland to spawn.
  • Another effect of the bears is reflected in the dorsal humps of male sockeye and pink salmon: they are smaller than the humps of salmon not exposed to bears.
  • So at breeding time many of the river sockeye that swam over to the beach must have been relatively unsuccessful at passing on their genes.


Late 19th century: from Salish sukai, literally 'fish of fishes'.

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