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wahoo

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[ wah-hoo, wah-hoo ]
/ wɑˈhu, ˈwɑ hu /
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noun, plural wa·hoos.

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 wahoo

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An Americanism dating back to 1760–70; possibly from Creek vhahwv “walnut”

Definition for wahoo (2 of 4)

wahoo2
[ wah-hoo, wah-hoo ]
/ wɑˈhu, ˈwɑ hu /

noun, plural wa·hoos.

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 of wahoo

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An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; from Dakota wanhu, equivalent to wan- “arrow” + hu “wood, shaft”

Definition for wahoo (3 of 4)

wahoo3
[ wah-hoo, wah-hoo ]
/ wɑˈhu, ˈwɑ hu /

noun, plural wa·hoos, (especially collectively) wa·hoo.

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 of wahoo

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First recorded in 1905–10; origin uncertain; perhaps from Wahoo, an obsolete spelling for Oahu (Hawaii)

Definition for wahoo (4 of 4)

wahoo4
[ wah-hoo ]
/ ˈwɑˈhu /

interjection

(an exclamation used to express joy, excitement, etc.)

Origin of wahoo

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An Americanism dating back to 1900–05; of imitative origin
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British Dictionary definitions for wahoo (1 of 3)

wahoo1
/ (wɑːˈhuː, ˈwɑːhuː) /

noun plural -hoos

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

British Dictionary definitions for wahoo (2 of 3)

wahoo2
/ (wɑːˈhuː, ˈwɑːhuː) /

noun plural -hoos

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

British Dictionary definitions for wahoo (3 of 3)

wahoo3
/ (wɑːˈhuː, ˈwɑːhuː) /

noun plural -hoos

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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