cichloid

cichlid

[sik-lid]
noun
1.
any of the spiny-rayed, freshwater fishes constituting the family Cichlidae, of South America, Africa, and southern Asia, superficially resembling the American sunfishes and popular in home aquariums.
adjective
2.
belonging or pertaining to the family Cichlidae.
Also, cichloid [sik-loid] .


Origin:
1880–85; < Neo-Latin Cichlidae, equivalent to Cichl(a) a genus (< Greek kíchlē thrush, wrasse) + -idae -id2

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cichlid (ˈsɪklɪd)
 
n
1.  any tropical freshwater percoid fish of the family Cichlidae, which includes the mouthbrooders. Cichlids are popular aquarium fishes
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or belonging to the Cichlidae
 
[C19: from New Latin Cichlidae, ultimately from Greek kikhlē a sea fish]
 
'cichloid
 
adj

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