\ 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 This has been especially nice when the Dickinsons are in their backyard, which features a Brazilian Ipe deck, a koi pond and lots of greenery. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "More than 2,000 books and local art make this Prospect townhouse an eclectic dream," 21 Aug. 2020 There is also a detached office or in-law suite with a bathroom, an oversized garage with a shop plus a koi pond, personal trails and small creek. oregonlive, "Oregon homes on the market: Open houses are back with coronavirus safety precautions," 1 Aug. 2020 In the nearby Kumamoto En Japanese Garden, bamboo fences surround an azumaya, or Japanese-style pavilion in one corner and a small koi pond with stepping stones that disappear into the water at the center. Richard Marini, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Botanical Garden serving as a refuge from the coronavirus pandemic that just won’t go away," 31 July 2020 Snug has six acres of palm trees, cottonwoods and koi ponds — certified as wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In CA: $320,000 in overtime when your base salary is $25,000; It's the life in the LADWP," 14 July 2020 The toddler is featured in several photos, standing in front of a koi fish pond in an adorable spa robe in one and joining her mom in exploring the resort in another. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, "Inside the Utah Resort where Kylie Jenner Vacationed: 'I Love It Here'," 9 July 2020 Built in 1952, the stylish home expands to a courtyard with a koi pond, a hillside patio and a swimming pool with a diving board. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Actress Summer Bishil’s Midcentury home comes to market in Pasadena," 19 June 2020 The property comes with Davis' studio, a guest cottage, a koi pond, a waterfall, and chickens, ducks, and peacocks, and is near a historic village. TheWeek, "6 homes perfect for growing your own food," 17 May 2020 State hatcheries also produce nearly 55,000 pounds of forage (koi carp, goldfish and fat minnows) for feeding captive largemouth bass brood stock. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Not a typical spring season," 9 May 2020

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First Known Use of koi

1727, in the meaning defined above

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30 Aug 2020

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“Koi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/koi. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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