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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web After Michael trips and falls into a koi pond while at a client meeting, he gets made fun of back at Dunder Mifflin. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 28 Oct. 2022 Private bungalows are nestled around a koi pond at this serene Encinitas oasis with a hammam, Balinese bale, and new outdoor soaking space for water rituals. Sunset Magazine, 6 Sep. 2022 Her paintings of bright-colored koi swimming through aqua waters grace the intersection of East Central and Park streets in Natick Center. Katie Mogg,, 21 July 2022 There is a saltwater infinity pool, a hot tub and a koi pond with a waterwheel. Kathy Orton, Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2022 One garden even includes a koi pond with golden fish that shimmer in the sunlight, like DAC’s gleaming rods of anodized aluminum. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, 3 Feb. 2022 Peruse luxurious silk fashions at the shop, or dine at the on-site restaurant overlooking a koi pond. Livia Hengel, Forbes, 28 June 2022 In Redondo Beach, Mike Garcia meshed his interest in water conservation with his landscape design aesthetic to create waterfalls in his front- and backyards powered by recycled rainwater and a koi pond. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2022 Colorful koi fish and tropical finches also call this place home. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 17 June 2022 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1727, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of koi was in 1727

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“Koi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

: a carp that has been bred to be of various bright colors and is often stocked in ornamental ponds

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