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 At Norton Sound, a catch of up to 250,000 coho salmon is expected, along with 180,000 to 230,000 chums. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s 2020 salmon catch expected to be down 36% after a big 2019 season," 21 Apr. 2020 Nenn said coho salmon were observed spawning last fall in the river near Pilgrim Road in Menomonee Falls. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Steelhead fishing in Wauwatosa? Restoration projects on the Menomonee are showing their value.," 18 Apr. 2020 Look for possible July and early August coho fishing only. oregonlive, "Bill Monroe: Big early return of Willamette steelhead bolsters Oregon biologists’ hopes of reversing a major extinction threat," 29 Feb. 2020 Murray, who caught her championship coho Tuesday at the head of Resurrection Bay, took home $10,000 for the victory. Anchorage Daily News, "Close call decides 64th annual Seward Silver Salmon Derby," 19 Aug. 2019 The male coho, long and scarred, his flesh beginning to decay, followed her around the weeds, patrolling. Patrick Symmes, Harper's magazine, "The $68,000 Fish," 28 Oct. 2019 At Norton Sound, chum prices at $0.50, were down from $0.80 and coho at $1.40 was the same as last year. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s trade war with China takes a big bite out of Alaska and US seafood sales," 6 Aug. 2019 In 2019, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources sided with charter captains and others in the business community and announced a 48% increase in chinook salmon stocking as well as hikes in coho salmon, steelhead and brown trout. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The latest Lake Michigan assessment shows alewife remain near a record low," 22 Feb. 2020 The Susitna River drainage is managed for an escapement of 10,200 to 24,100 coho salmon, while the combined goal for Chelanta, Judd and Larson Lake -- the three main sockeye-producing lakes in the drainage -- is about 50,000 to 120,000 sockeye. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Board of Fish creates new dipnet fishery on the Susitna River," 14 Feb. 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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13 May 2020

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“Coho.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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