Char acid

characin

[kar-uh-sin]
noun
any freshwater fish of the family Characidae, of Africa and Central and South America.
Also, characid.


Origin:
1880–85; < Neo-Latin Characinidae name of family, equivalent to Characin(us) the genus (charac- (< Greek charak-, stem of chárax pointed stake, a sea fish) + -inus -in1) + -idae -idae

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characin or characid (ˈkærəsɪn)
 
n
any small carnivorous freshwater cyprinoid fish of the family Characidae, of Central and South America and Africa. They are similar to the carps but more brightly coloured
 
[C19: from New Latin Characinidae, from characinus, from Greek kharax a fish, probably the sea bream]
 
characid or characid
 
n
 
[C19: from New Latin Characinidae, from characinus, from Greek kharax a fish, probably the sea bream]

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