co·​ho ˈkō-(ˌ)hō How to pronounce coho (audio)
plural cohos or 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

Examples of coho in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The project is part of an effort to restore Chinook and coho salmon runs on the Klamath River following the removal of several dams, the agency said. Don Sweeney, Sacramento Bee, 4 Mar. 2024 That’s because the Pacific salmon species available (king, coho, sockeye, pink and chum) are different from the Atlantic salmon that dominates the market. Melissa Clark, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2023 This means that resident chef Jason Brown is quite literally sourcing the freshest salmon on earth, starting with lean, glowing sockeyes in June, then prized, fatty kings at the July peak, and milder, reddish coho come August. Maggie Hennessy, Bon Appétit, 6 Dec. 2023 The chemical’s effect on coho was noted in 2020 by scientists in Washington state, who were studying why coho populations that had been restored in the Puget Sound years earlier were struggling. Mark Thiessen, Fortune, 5 Nov. 2023 Monitoring equipment documented other healthy yearling coho and Chinook salmon that came from downstream of the dam. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 4 Mar. 2024 The Yurok Tribe and environmental groups are hoping to restore river health and coho salmon after they were impeded for almost a century. Ari Plachta, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 Chinook, coho, steelhead, sturgeon and lamprey swam so thick that the ancestors of the Indigenous people who still live in its watershed could fill their nets again and again — and fill their plates with an average of 450 pounds of fish per person per year. Melina Mara, Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2023 Larger mains encompass octopus, scallops, and coho salmon on the seafood side, and steak, duck, and pork on the meat side. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 4 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coho was in 1869

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“Coho.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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