a red-fleshed salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) of the N Pacific: it is an endangered species
Origin of sockeye salmonaltered ; from Salish suk-kegh
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.
Origin of sockeye salmonBy folk etymology from Halkomelem (Salishan language of southwest British Columbia) sth&acuschwa;q&schwa;’y.
male sockeye salmon