panchax

panchax

[pan-chaks]
noun
any of a variety of colorful tropical Old World fishes of the genus Aplocheilus and related genera: popular in home aquariums.

Origin:
1960–65; < Neo-Latin (formerly a genus name); of unexplained orig.

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panchax (ˈpænˌtʃæks)
 
n
any of several brightly coloured tropical Asian cyprinodont fishes of the genus Aplocheilus, such as A. panchax (blue panchax)
 
[C19: from New Latin (former generic name), of obscure origin]

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