\ 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

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Outside, a pool beckoned along with tennis and bocce ball courts, two koi ponds and a croquet lawn. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Hailing a ride to the California ballot," 30 Aug. 2019 Lush gardens surround the stunning home, which also boasts a rooftop patio with views of the River Oaks Country Club Golf Course as well as a large koi pond. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Spanish-style mansion designed by architect of Rice U. among Houston's priciest homes sold in July," 22 Aug. 2019 The grounds have something for everyone, including a reflecting pool, koi pond, rose and vegetable gardens, an outdoor kitchen featuring a wood-burning pizza oven, a swimming pool and spa, and tennis and sports courts. Nick Maslow, PEOPLE.com, "Rob Lowe and Wife Sheryl's Stunning $42.5 Million Montecito Mansion Gets a Price Cut — See Inside!," 9 Aug. 2019 Rolling lawns, rose gardens, citrus orchards, statues, koi ponds and fountains fill out the grounds, which include a swimming pool, spa and tennis court. chicagotribune.com, "Big home, big deal: The Manor in Holmby Hills sets an LA County price record at $119.75 million," 6 Aug. 2019 And then, of course, there’s the Playboy mansion, with its famous koi pond, exotic zoo animals and hot tubs stocked with Johnson’s Baby Oil. Jessica Bennett, New York Times, "Will the Millennials Save Playboy?," 2 Aug. 2019 Memorial: 403 Little John Lane Rent per month: $18,000 Square footage: 7,000 Built in 1965, this contemporary house sits on a heavily wooded lot that boasts a full tennis court, koi pond and swimming pool. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Peek inside the 4 most expensive rental homes in Houston, July 2019," 17 July 2019 Against the wall near the burbling koi pond, a laurel hedge stands in for the nonexistent lawn. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "A Yard With No Lawn But Plenty of Greenery," 12 July 2019 The plans also included an 800-square-foot garage and extra outdoor parking spaces on a manicured lot with outdoor patios and a koi pond. Hal Dardick, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts’ property tax appeal under investigation after Tribune finds assessment problem," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of koi

1727, in the meaning defined above

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