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mahseer

/ˈmɑːsɪə/
noun
1.
any of various large freshwater Indian cyprinid fishes, such as Barbus tor
Word Origin
from Hindi
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noun

any of several large freshwater carp of the Cyprinid family, esp. Barbus tor found mainly in India; also written mahaseer , mahsir , mahsur

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Hindi

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Encyclopedia Article for mahseer

any of several species of edible game fishes of the genus Barbus, in the carp family, Cyprinidae, found in clear rivers and lakes of India and southeastern Asia. Mahseer have large, thick scales, powerful jaws, and protrusible, sometimes very fleshy, lips adapted for taking food from the bottom. Among the largest of Indian river fishes, mahseer attain a maximum size of some 2 m (6.5 feet), with a weight of about 90 kg (200 pounds)

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