co·​ho | \ ˈkō-(ˌ)hō How to pronounce coho (audio) \
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

Examples of coho in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Juggling offshore salmon fishing seasons with protecting coho salmon in British Columbia and northern Washington and chinook in the Klamath River was dicey enough for the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s spring decision session in Seattle. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 14 Apr. 2022 While coho salmon were the second-most abundant species caught in 2019, this year so far there were fewer. Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Mar. 2022 There also remains a relatively robust coho return forecast for the ocean and rivers from the Columbia south along much of the coast. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 25 Feb. 2022 The coho catch of nearly 2.3 million is 1.6 million shy of the forecast, and a harvest of 244,000 Chinook salmon is 25,000 below expectations. Laine Welch | Fish Factor, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Sep. 2021 Just 2 miles east of Camp Taylor, this spot has good access to see spawning coho. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Jan. 2022 Steep hills rise and fall to a tributary of the Eel River that has steelhead trout and coho salmon. Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2022 All other zones of the Columbia remain open under current regulations, including coho salmon from Buoy 10 to Tongue Point (daily limit increases to three hatchery adults on Sept. 7). oregonlive, 3 Sep. 2021 Wild coho seasons in Siltcoos, Tahkenitch, and Tenmile lakes open Oct. 1 under permanent regulations. oregonlive, 9 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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30 Apr 2022

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“Coho.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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