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[pahy-seen, pis-ahyn, -een, -in] /ˈpaɪ sin, ˈpɪs aɪn, -in, -ɪn/
of, relating to, or resembling a fish or fishes.
Origin of piscine
1790-1800; < Latin piscīnus, equivalent to pisc(is) fish + -īnus -ine1 Unabridged
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  • The tears of the young man in the piscine were the only tears of sorrow I saw at Lourdes.

    Lourdes Robert Hugh Benson
  • Most of the species are entozoal; but many adhere to the surface of the body of piscine hosts.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • He leaned forward and fixed the tabletop with a piscine stare.

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
  • There seems no reason to doubt that modern fish, as a whole, quite equal in size the piscine fauna of any previous geological age.

    Falling in Love Grant Allen
  • Possibly there was a certain suggestion of the piscine, sir.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • Today, with a multitude of the afflicted, I bathed in the piscine, a long trough filled with holy water from the grotto.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • I learned that she had been suffering from a severe internal malady, and that she had been cured instantaneously in the piscine.

    Lourdes Robert Hugh Benson
  • Now, it is among these piscine characteristics that we find the clue to where Man got his ears.

  • That morning in the piscine she had found herself able to walk properly though her heels were tender from disuse.

    Lourdes Robert Hugh Benson
British Dictionary definitions for piscine


of, relating to, or resembling a fish
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Word Origin and History for piscine

c.1300, "reservoir, bathing pool," from Old French piscine "fishpond," from Latin piscina, from piscis "a fish" (see fish (n.)). Ecclesiastical sense is from late 15c., from Medieval Latin piscina. As an adjective from 1799.

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piscine in Science
  (pī'sēn', pĭs'īn')   
Relating to or characteristic of fishes.
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