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A North American elm which yields useful timber.
- ‘Winged elm, also called corked elm or wahoo elm, can be distinguished from other elms by the woody, wing-like growths along the branchlets.’
- ‘Purple Finches flock to the wahoo elm trees to feed on the buds, and Crossbills attack the pine cones.’
- ‘Here, among the smaller trees, the holly obtains its greatest development, with hornbeams and wahoo elms.’
Late 18th century: perhaps from Creek ahá-hwa walnut.
A North American spindle tree.
Mid 19th century: from Dakota, literally arrow wood.
A large predatory tropical marine fish of the mackerel family, prized as a game fish.
- ‘Offshore, the marlin chased our baits without committing themselves further, but we caught some super wahoo.’
- ‘Weeds in blue water attract significant numbers of sailfish and wahoo during the summer months.’
- ‘The three recently took turns ‘handballing’ the rod aboard Krepp's boat the Tracey Ann to haul in a 40 kg wahoo.’
- ‘By the time you reboard each evening, chef Charlie Wang will have your pan-seared wahoo waiting.’
- ‘Skewered chunks of wahoo, a firm, white fish, come in a garlicky scampi butter that turns them irresistible.’
Early 20th century: of unknown origin.
- another word for yahoo
- ‘Do I get excited about Beyonce because, wahoo, it's one more song about relationships?’
- ‘Consumer confidence and spending are down - wahoo!’
- ‘Wouldn't it be dreamy to hold on to the water-park wahoo of summer… all year round?’
- ‘He took a step backward and plunged down an open deck hatch, disappearing from sight with one last ‘wahoo!’’
1940s: probably a natural exclamation.
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