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koi

[koi] /kɔɪ/
noun
1.
any of various colorful cultivated forms of the common carp, Cyprinus carpio, apparently originating in Japan and other parts of eastern temperate Asia.
Origin of koi
Old Japanese
1720-1730
1720-30; < Japanese, earlier kowi < kofi, Old Japanese kwofi < *kwopi carp
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koi

/kɔɪ/
noun
1.
any of various ornamental forms of the common carp
Word Origin
Japanese
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noun

any of various bright-colored carp (Cyprinus carpio) of Japan and eastern Asia

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Koi is a popular aquarium and ornamental pond fish.

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Word Origin and History for koi
n.

1727, from a Japanese local name for "carp."

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