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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
Old Japanese
1720-1730
1720-30; < Japanese, earlier kowi < kofi, Old Japanese kwofi < *kwopi carp
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British Dictionary definitions for kois

koi

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

koi

n.

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

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