\ 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 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 Some of the 1902 home’s many features includes an English garden with a koi pond, a Japanese garden with a dry creek bed and fireplaces both upstairs and downstairs. Tandra Smith | Tsmith@al.com, al, 24 May 2021 Think swimming pools, trampolines, treehouses, playground equipment, archery ranges, homemade ice rinks or skate parks, a waterfront floating dock with a slide or even a serene koi pond. Washington Post, 11 May 2021 There’s also a koi pond outside, which is separate from the party pool (obviously). Helena Madden, Robb Report, 10 May 2021 There is a 16-foot statue of the 24-armed Buddhist goddess of healing and compassion, surrounded by a small pond of real koi fish. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 23 Mar. 2021 That’s resulted in a flourishing ecosystem within the garden walls, a place where koi fish, birds, plants and people all coexist in harmony. oregonlive, 4 Sep. 2020 Its lobby holds a koi pond, and its backyard has a 4,000-square-foot hydroponic vegetable-growing greenhouse, chicken coop and apple orchard. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, 27 Mar. 2021 Gardens and koi ponds dot the backyard, where a dining pavilion adjoins a lagoon-style swimming pool and spa. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of koi

1727, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jun 2021

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“Koi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/koi. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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