\ ˈkȯi How to pronounce koi (audio) \
plural koi

Definition of koi

: a carp (Cyprinus carpio) bred especially in Japan for large size and a variety of colors and often stocked in ornamental ponds

Examples of koi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Let buyers of other more capacious SUVs lumber through town in their big seats, staring at their expansive infotainment screens, sucking down to-go drinks from cupholders large enough to house a koi pond. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 1 Sep. 2021 Everything about this house is made for outdoor living, from the koi pond to the outdoor swimming pool with three waterfalls to the outdoor bath to the covered outdoor kitchen outfitted with Viking appliances. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, 10 Aug. 2021 Around the same time that the Virginia angler's record was being certified, an angler in Missouri caught a 9-pound butterfly koi fish at Blue Spring Lakes Remembrance. Michael Hollan, Fox News, 14 July 2021 The koi fish were floating in their own dedicated space. Sheila Sarrett, sun-sentinel.com, 18 June 2021 Hallmarks of the style include the second-floor balconies that face a brick courtyard with a koi pond. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Stinebaugh has been a lifelong artist but made his living designing and building swimming pools, then later working with water gardens and koi ponds. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 19 June 2021 The property features a koi pond, a designer chicken house and coop, raised garden beds and a 20-yard pool complete with a rock waterfall, diving board and water slide. Lia Picard, WSJ, 16 June 2021 The draws start outside, where patrons pass a koi pond on their way through the glass entrance, and continue in a dining room whose ceiling soars 29 feet and whose picture windows take in woods, a lake and a tent for those wishing to eat alfresco. Washington Post, 25 May 2021

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First Known Use of koi

1727, in the meaning defined above

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12 Sep 2021

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“Koi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/koi. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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