wahoo

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

Origin of wahoo

1
An Americanism dating back to 1760–70; origin uncertain

wahoo

2
[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.

Origin of wahoo

2
1855–60, Americanism; < Dakota wanhu, equivalent to wan- arrow + hu wood, shaft
Also called burning bush.

wahoo

3
[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.

Origin of wahoo

3
First recorded in 1905–10; origin uncertain
Also called peto.

wahoo

4
[wah-hoo]
interjection
  1. (an exclamation used to express joy, excitement, etc.)

Origin of wahoo

4
1900–05, Americanism; of imitative origin
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British Dictionary definitions for wahoo

wahoo

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

Word Origin for wahoo

from Creek ǔhawhu cork elm

wahoo

2
noun plural -hoos
  1. an E North American shrub or small tree, Euonymus atropurpureus, with scarlet capsules and seedsAlso called: burning bush

Word Origin for wahoo

C19: from Dakota wāhu arrowwood

wahoo

3
noun plural -hoos
  1. a large fast-moving food and game fish, Acanthocybium solandri, of tropical seas: family Scombridae (mackerels and tunnies)

Word Origin for wahoo

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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