poeciliid

poeciliid

[pee-sil-ee-id]
noun
1.
any small New World fish of the family Poeciliidae, of fresh or brackish tropical and temperate waters, including the mosquitofish, guppies, and mollies.
adjective
2.
belonging or pertaining to the family Poeciliidae.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin Poeciliidae, equivalent to Poecili(a) name of genus (< Greek poikilía striped, marked with various colors) + -idae -id2

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poeciliid

noun
small usually brightly-colored viviparous surface-feeding fishes of fresh or brackish warm waters; often used in mosquito control [syn: topminnow
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