Glossary

A comprehensive list of definitions

Term PronouncedDefinitionTags
Ago hiah go HE The hi markings on the cheeks of Asagi or Shusui ...
Ago Sumiah go SOO meSumi (black) on gills...
Aieye Blue or indigo colour ...
Ai Showaeye SHOW wahA Showa koi with blue or indigo speckles...
Aigoromoeye go ROW mowA Goromo (Koromo) koi with blue or indigo reticulation. Basically a Kohaku whose red scales have blu...
Aizumieye ZOO me'Blue' sumi tinged with indigo (blue)...
Aizumiah ZOO mee Blue sumi i.e. tinged with indigo (high quality) ...
AkaAH kahEntire red body. Usually as a base colour over the body of a Koi, red from orange...
Aka BekkoAH kah BEH kohA red koi with black markings...
Aka HajiroAH ka ha JEE row A red koi with white tips to the pectoral and caudal fins ...
Aka hanaAH kah HAH nah Red nose ...
Aka MatsubaAH kah maht SOO bah A red koi with black 'pine-cone' pattern in the scales along the back ...
Aka MujiAH kah MOO jee Light red koi ...
Aka SankeAH kah SAHN keh Hi (red) covers almost entire head and body ...
AkameAH kah may An eye with a red iris. Most often seen in Kigoi ...
AkamujiAH kah MOO jee Light red koi ...
Akebiah KEH bee Light blue ...
AlbinoAl BY no A strain usually demonstated by red eyes ...
Amiah ME Net ...
Amimeah ME meh Mesh or 'eyes' of scales in a net pattern ...
Aragokeah rah GO keh Large armour scales ...
Arashi Kumoah RAH shee KOO moh Translates into "Storm Clouds". This term describes a "storm cloud" like black pattern. It is a m...
Asagiah SAH gee A grey-blue reticulated scaled koi with hi (red) along the lateral lines, cheeks and in the fins ...
Asagi Hiah SAH gee HEE Secondary, undesirable hi (red) appearing as freckles below the lateral line ...
Asagi Magoiah SAH gee MAH goy An early ancestor of the modern Asagi ...
Asagi Suminagashiah SAH gee SOO mee na GOSH hee A Koi whose klack scales are outined in white. More commonly known as Suminagashi. (Kawarimono) ...
Atamaah TAH mah Head crown ...
Atama ga hageruah TAH mah gah HAH geh roo Clearness of head, clean, clear head ...
AtoAH toh Late appearing (i.e. referring to sumi; ato sumi) ...
Ato sumiAH toh soo mee Late developing black markings ...
Barbels Koi possess two pairs of barbels, one on each side of their mouth used to locate food ...
Carotene Nutrient responsible for the red colour in Koi. Nishikigoi absorb carotene as a nutrient in order...
Caudal finKAH dal Tail fin ...
Chachah Brown ...Colours 
ChagoiCHAH goy Non metallic light brown or tea coloured koi (Kawarimono) ...
ChigyoCHEEG yoh Unsorted fry ...
Chobo Sumi Dark spot found on the heads of young fish that is caused by the thin transparent skin at the loc...
ChupaCHOO pah Medium quality fish ...