- any of various American shrubs or small trees, as the winged elm, Ulmus alata, or a linden, Tilia heterophylla.
Origin of wahoo1
An Americanism dating back to 1760–70; origin uncertain
- 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 wahoo2
1855–60, Americanism; < Dakota wanhu, equivalent to wan- arrow + hu wood, shaft
Also called burning bush.
- 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 wahoo3
First recorded in 1905–10; origin uncertain
Also called peto.
- (an exclamation used to express joy, excitement, etc.)
Origin of wahoo4
1900–05, Americanism; of imitative origin
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Examples from the Web for wahoo
A sobering article on gang rape inside a UVA fraternity has Wahoo alumni like myself up in arms.How UVA Is Failing Its Women
November 20, 2014
The heartwood of wahoo is white, with a slight tinge of orange.
The leaves, bark, and fruit of the wahoo are acrid and are reputed to be poisonous.
It will be believed that I did not leave Wahoo without the deepest regret.A Voyage Round the World, from 1806 to 1812
One separated from the others and shot down into the Valley of the Wahoo.
For the toll of death in the Wahoo Valley was cruel and inexorable.
- an elm, Ulmus alata, of SE North America having twigs with winged corky edgesAlso called: winged elm
from Creek ǔhawhu cork elm
- an E North American shrub or small tree, Euonymus atropurpureus, with scarlet capsules and seedsAlso called: burning bush
C19: from Dakota wāhu arrowwood
- a large fast-moving food and game fish, Acanthocybium solandri, of tropical seas: family Scombridae (mackerels and tunnies)
of unknown origin
Word Origin and History for wahoo
type of large marine fish, 1905, of unknown origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper