Meaning of kokanee in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkəʊkani/

nounkokanee, kokanees

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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘There the eagles wait to swoop down on weakened kokanee salmon.’
    • ‘Fishing for kokanee salmon has never been more popular.’


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