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A salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) of northern Pacific coastal waters, having a silvery body with a dark bluish back and small black speckles. Both sexes turn red before spawning. Also called blueback salmon, red salmon.
[By folk etymology from Halkomelem (Salishan language of southwest British Columbia) sthə́qə'y.]
a N Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka: an important food fish. Also called red salmon, sock′eye`.
[1865–70; sockeye, alter. (by folk etym.) Salishan sθə́qəy̓]
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|Noun||1.||sockeye salmon - fatty red flesh of salmon of Pacific coast and rivers|
blueback salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka, red salmon, sockeye, sockeye salmon - small salmon with red flesh; found in rivers and tributaries of the northern Pacific and valued as food; adults die after spawning
salmon - flesh of any of various marine or freshwater fish of the family Salmonidae
|2.||sockeye salmon - small salmon with red flesh; found in rivers and tributaries of the northern Pacific and valued as food; adults die after spawning|
salmon - any of various large food and game fishes of northern waters; usually migrate from salt to fresh water to spawn
genus Oncorhynchus, Oncorhynchus - Pacific salmon including sockeye salmon; chinook salmon; chum salmon; coho salmon