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

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Long runs of fall and spring Chinook, coho salmon, and winter steelhead cross the falls to spawn in its tributaries. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 But the weather shifted on our last morning, and we were rewarded with a triple-header: Each of us had a coho on the line. Melanie Kirkpatrick, WSJ, "Cold, Windy Bliss on a Salmon Fishing Trip," 9 Aug. 2018 Five hundred and thirty-five thousand coho salmon smolt have been released into Ship Creek with 365,000 kings to come next week. Bob Hallinen, Anchorage Daily News, "Fish on: First round of stocking complete for Anchorage lakes," 26 May 2018 Visitors watch coho and chinook salmon head home to fresh waters to spawn. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Salmon on the move at Ballard Locks," 4 Sep. 2018 The menu’s other two mains, skirt steak and wild coho, are grilled over oak with the same exactitude. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Central Smoke’s Asian-accented, down-home barbecue adds fire and spice to chilly nights," 25 Oct. 2018 There are five major species of Pacific salmon: coho, Chinook, chum, pink and sockeye. Melanie Kirkpatrick, WSJ, "Cold, Windy Bliss on a Salmon Fishing Trip," 9 Aug. 2018 The 2018 coho catch should be nearly 6 million, an increase of 600,000 silvers from last season. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s how Alaska fishery managers expect this salmon season to play out," 15 May 2018 What to do: Ranger Jack Ransom says fishing for coho or sockeye salmon can be excellent in the area. Erin Kirkland, Anchorage Daily News, "Tonsina Point near Seward provides a perfect place for Alaska’s newest public-use cabin," 14 May 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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