co·ho | \ ˈkō-(ˌ)hō \
plural cohos or coho

Definition of coho 

: a rather small Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) that has light-colored flesh and is native to both coasts of the North Pacific and is stocked in the Great Lakes

called also coho salmon, silver salmon

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In Canada, sockeye, pink, and chums have historically composed the largest catch, while in Washington, Oregon, and California chums, chinook and coho salmon are the most abundant species. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Hagfish study looks at potential of ‘slime eels’ to become a new fishery for Alaska," 5 June 2018 Five kinds of salmon can be found in the rivers and streams of Alaska: sockeye (also called red), pink (aka humpy), king (or chinook), coho (silver) and chum (dog). Bailey Berg, Anchorage Daily News, "A primer on Alaska animals and where to see them (safely)," 2 May 2018 Five minutes later, after a little help from Johnson and her father, a 4-pound coho salmon was in the net. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Lake Michigan fishery takes on a special shine for annual USSA outing," 23 June 2018 Out of the three, chinook has the greatest content of n-3 and n-6 fatty acids, then sockeye, then coho. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Good Housekeeping, "Why Salmon Needs to Become a Part of Your Diet ASAP," 27 Mar. 2018 Extensive stream restoration helps create habitat for coho salmon and steelhead. Harriot Manley,, "Favorite escapes for Northern California’s eco-minded congressman," 21 June 2018 In 2009, the limit for sport fishermen in that same zone was set at more than 176,000 coho. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Fish council OKs sharp cut in sport chinook harvest off Washington," 11 Apr. 2018 The three-year coho life cycle means there are three separate generations of spawning fish. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coho salmon released in Marin County in effort to prevent extinction," 13 Jan. 2018 The coho and chinook action is a highlight for many private anglers and charter boats in the warmest months. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: There's no point in rushing when there's a big laker on the line," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of coho

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coho

borrowed from Halkomelem (Salishan language of southwest British Columbia) k̓ʷə́xʷəθ

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