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bitterling

[bit-er-ling] /ˈbɪt ər lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a cyprinid fish, Rhodeus sericeus, found in central and eastern Europe, the female of which has a long, bright yellow or red ovipositor to deposit eggs in the mantle cavity of mussels.
Origin of bitterling
1875-1880
1875-80; < German, equivalent to bitter bitter + -ling -ling1
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bitterling

/ˈbɪtəlɪŋ/
noun
1.
a small brightly coloured European freshwater cyprinid fish, Rhodeus sericeus: a popular aquarium fish
Word Origin
C19: from German; see bitter + -ling1
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