Definition of kokanee in English:

kokanee

noun

  • A sockeye salmon of a dwarf variety which lives in landlocked lakes in western North America.

    • ‘There the eagles wait to swoop down on weakened kokanee salmon.’
    • ‘The sockeye are very similar to kokanee salmon, which do not migrate and spend their entire lives in Redfish Lake.’
    • ‘Migrating kokanee salmon experience a comparable elevation in plasma cortisol compared to the levels seen in ocean-run species.’
    • ‘Fishing for kokanee salmon has never been more popular.’
    • ‘It was about fifteen inches long, a healthy length for a mature kokanee, but smaller than its coastal doppelgänger, the sockeye.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

kokanee

/ˈkəʊkani/