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 Daily bag limit increases to three salmon Sept. 7 through Dec. 31; release all chinook, wild steelhead and wild coho. oregonlive, "Washington posts summer and fall salmon regulations on the Columbia River," 23 Apr. 2021 While wild coho spawn on their own in Marin County’s Lagunitas Creek, the population in Santa Cruz County is too precarious to rely on nature alone. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Saved from devastating Santa Cruz fire, young salmon must now survive the ocean," 23 Apr. 2021 That order, if granted, would mean less water flowing down the Klamath River for the coho salmon that are critical to the Yurok Tribe. NBC News, "Epic drought means water crisis on Oregon-California border," 15 Apr. 2021 By mid-April, summer and fall salmon seasons will be set, with an unusually healthy run of coho predicted to catch the attention of anglers up and down the coast and Columbia River. oregonlive, "Bill Monroe: The outdoors offers relief amid a challenging time," 2 Apr. 2021 Fishing folk probably know Lake Erie is known as a good place to catch walleye, as well as perch, bass, trout, chinook and coho salmon. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$1.5M Grosse Ile home has observation deck for majestic views of Detroit River," 27 Mar. 2021 The Russian catch breaks down to more than 700 million pounds of pinks, nearly 206 million pounds of chum salmon, 70.6 million pounds of sockeyes, over 24 million pounds of coho salmon and 8.8 million pounds of Chinook. Anchorage Daily News, "As most Alaska salmon fishing regions face another season of mediocre runs, Russia hikes competitive pressure," 23 Feb. 2021 Average prices of 87 cents per pound for Cook Inlet coho; 25 cents per pound for pinks; and $3.57 per pound for Upper Cook Inlet chinook were more in line with recent years. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Converging forces make for worst Upper Cook Inlet commercial salmon season in decades," 12 Nov. 2020 In research published Thursday, a team of university and government scientists identify a toxic substance derived from tire treads that is washing into rivers and creeks as the killer of as many as 90% of the coho salmon in parts of the Puget Sound. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: The five Californias — and what they mean for new coronavirus restrictions," 4 Dec. 2020

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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 2021

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“Coho.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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