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wahoo1

[wah-hoo, wah-hoo]
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noun, plural wa·hoos.
  1. any of various American shrubs or small trees, as the winged elm, Ulmus alata, or a linden, Tilia heterophylla.
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Origin of wahoo1

An Americanism dating back to 1760–70; origin uncertain

wahoo2

[wah-hoo, wah-hoo]
noun, plural wa·hoos.
  1. 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.
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Origin of wahoo2

1855–60, Americanism; < Dakota wanhu, equivalent to wan- arrow + hu wood, shaft
Also called burning bush.

wahoo3

[wah-hoo, wah-hoo]
noun, plural wa·hoos, (especially collectively) wa·hoo.
  1. 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.
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Origin of wahoo3

First recorded in 1905–10; origin uncertain
Also called peto.

wahoo4

[wah-hoo]
interjection
  1. (an exclamation used to express joy, excitement, etc.)
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Origin of wahoo4

1900–05, Americanism; of imitative origin
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wahoo1

noun plural -hoos
  1. an elm, Ulmus alata, of SE North America having twigs with winged corky edgesAlso called: winged elm
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Word Origin

from Creek ǔhawhu cork elm

wahoo2

noun plural -hoos
  1. an E North American shrub or small tree, Euonymus atropurpureus, with scarlet capsules and seedsAlso called: burning bush
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Word Origin

C19: from Dakota wāhu arrowwood

wahoo3

noun plural -hoos
  1. a large fast-moving food and game fish, Acanthocybium solandri, of tropical seas: family Scombridae (mackerels and tunnies)
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Word Origin

of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for wahoo

n.

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

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