Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A variety of carp (Cyprinus carpio) developed in Japan and widely raised as an ornamental fish for its bright color patterns.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The common carp, Cyprinus carpio, found in the rivers of Japan.

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  • noun Ornamental domesticated varieties of the common carp, Cyprinus carpio, of Japan and eastern Asia with red-gold or white coloring

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Japanese, carp.]

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From Japanese  (koi).

Examples

  • Matsuba - Scales of this type of koi is similar to a pine cone.

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  • Matsuba - Scales of this type of koi is similar to a pine cone.

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  • Similarly, while the notion of koi inspires a mini-essay on varieties of amorous experience all rooted in national character, natch, more pedestrian words like osshaimasu are casually misspelled.

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  • The fish in the photo actually appears to be a Cyprinus carpio, usually called common carp or koi, which is distinguishable by the two short whiskers (called barbels) surrounding its mouth and large scales covering its body, according to the New York Department of

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  • link Mel is always so cute, and this time she is giving us what I can only describe as a koi look...

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  • See, I'm thinking that the "koi" cake is actually clubbed baby seals.

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  • We thought they were cool when we rebranded them as "koi" and built backyard ponds for them, they are everywhere, no one wants to catch one (except the Japanese and some Europeans), and they are in the red.

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  • Nana then asks Oshizu, but Oshizu thinks Nana is talking about koi fish and states that "koi" can be eaten.

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  • The fabric print used in the Koi Monica Grateful top features the word "koi" as part of the design pattern.

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  • We thought they were cool when we rebranded them as "koi" and built backyard ponds for them, they are everywhere, no one wants to catch one (except the Japanese and some Europeans), and they are in the red.

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