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characin

[kar-uh-sin] /ˈkær ə sɪn/
noun
1.
any freshwater fish of the family Characidae, of Africa and Central and South America.
Also, characid.
Origin of characin
1880-1885
1880-85; < New 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

/ˈkærəsɪn/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Characinidae, from characinus, from Greek kharax a fish, probably the sea bream
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