- a small whitefish, Coregonus kiyi, found in the deeper waters of the Great Lakes.
Origin of kiyi
An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; from the specific epithet, alleged to be a local term for the fish, used by Lake Michigan fishermen; < ?
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Examples from the Web for kiyi
"Kishhatriya," he mumbles, "Kiyi," and he fell back into his absent-mindedness.
I know what it is, but he don't know what it is, Kiyi don't.
Kiyi rolled over on the edge of Sadler's yellow robe, curled up, and shut his eyes, and went to sleep.
Sadler's face had grown tired, sort of heavy and worn, while he was looking down at Kiyi.
Puck Parker and Snarlyou and Kiyi had all heard it, time and time again.