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kokanee Syllabification: ko·kan·ee
Pronunciation: /kōˈkanē/

Definition of kokanee in English:

noun (plural same or kokanees)

A sockeye salmon of a dwarf variety that lives in landlocked lakes in western North America.
Example sentences
  • 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 Interior Salish.

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