\ˈkȯi \
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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There’s also a unique circular garden with koi pond and a large terrace that provide additional places to embrace outdoor living—just the way Wright would want it. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Now’s Your Chance to Own A Kansas City Home That Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Not Once, but Twice," 7 Dec. 2018 Many of the windows look out onto a zen-like koi pond or a large patio, showing the home’s integration with nature and the surrounding national forest. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Quirky midcentury modern with koi pond wants $624K," 15 Nov. 2018 Bring boxes or coolers to transport fish — the koi will be put in a new plastic bag with oxygen. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Boys & Girls Club member wins state title," 18 May 2018 The home also boasts a koi pond, outdoor shower, mature redwood grove, and zoned high-efficiency heating and air. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Midcentury modern with Roman-inspired atrium asks $809K," 8 Nov. 2018 Some new screen Skills are silly but effective, like the Screen Savers Skill that turns the Echo Show into a koi pond or a fireplace, complete with ambient background noise to calm your nerves. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Echo Show 2018 review: Seeing is believing, and there’s a lot more to see," 8 Oct. 2018 Following an apology tour, Paul released a glossy video dedicated to suicide awareness before returning to vlogging such high-quality content as tasing a dead rat and treating a live koi fish like a toy boat. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Logan Paul is filming a documentary about his controversial 2018," 5 July 2018 The manicured grounds, which include two outdoor fireplaces, fountain features and a koi pond, were done by landscape architect Mark Rios and feng shui consultant David Cho. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "'West Wing' star Rob Lowe seeks $47 million for empty nest in Montecito," 30 June 2018 On May 2, Omni Houston Hotel at Westside welcomed several community leaders as well as members of the Houston Zoo aquarium team to commemorate the return of the koi fish to the indoor sanctuary within the atrium lobby in the Energy Corridor. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Koi fish make a triumphant return to the Energy Corridor," 21 May 2018

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1727, in the meaning defined above

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