wahoo

wahoo

1 [wah-hoo, wah-hoo]
noun, plural wahoos.
any of various American shrubs or small trees, as the winged elm, Ulmus alata, or a linden, Tilia heterophylla.

Origin:
1760–70, Americanism; origin uncertain

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wahoo

2 [wah-hoo, wah-hoo]
noun, plural wahoos.
a shrub or small tree, Euonymus atropurpurea, of North America, having finely serrated, elliptical leaves and pendulous capsules that in opening reveal the bright-scarlet arils of the seeds.
Also called burning bush.


Origin:
1855–60, Americanism; < Dakota wanhu, equivalent to wan- arrow + hu wood, shaft

wahoo

3 [wah-hoo, wah-hoo]
noun, plural wahoos (especially collectively) wahoo.
a large, swift mackerel, Acanthocybium solanderi, widespread in warm seas, of a steel blue to greenish blue above and silver below, often leaping from the water and occasionally schooling in great numbers: valued as a food and game fish.
Also called peto.


Origin:
1905–10; origin uncertain

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wahoo1 (wɑːˈhuː, ˈwɑːhuː)
 
n , pl -hoos
Also called: winged elm an elm, Ulmus alata, of SE North America having twigs with winged corky edges
 
[from Creek ǔhawhu cork elm]

wahoo2 (wɑːˈhuː, ˈwɑːhuː)
 
n , pl -hoos
Also called: burning bush an E North American shrub or small tree, Euonymus atropurpureus, with scarlet capsules and seeds
 
[C19: from Dakota wāhu arrowwood]

wahoo3 (wɑːˈhuː, ˈwɑːhuː)
 
n , pl -hoos
a large fast-moving food and game fish, Acanthocybium solandri, of tropical seas: family Scombridae (mackerels and tunnies)
 
[of unknown origin]

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wahoo
type of large marine fish, 1905, of unknown origin.
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