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koi

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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.
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Origin of koi

1720–30; < Japanese, earlier kowi < kofi, Old Japanese kwofi < *kwopi carp
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koi

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

Japanese
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Word Origin and History for koi

n.

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

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