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[raz-bawr-uh, -bohr-uh, raz-ber-uh] /ræzˈbɔr ə, -ˈboʊr ə, ˈræz bər ə/
any of several minnows of the genus Rasbora, inhabiting fresh waters of southeastern Asia and the Malay Archipelago, especially the silvery R. heteromorpha, that has a black triangular marking near the tail and is often kept in aquariums.
1930-35; < New Latin, of undetermined orig. Unabridged
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any of the small cyprinid fishes constituting the genus Rasbora of tropical Asia and East Africa. Many species are brightly coloured and are popular aquarium fishes
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from New Latin, from an East Indian language
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(genus Rasbora), any of a group of about 45 species of schooling, freshwater tropical fishes in the carp family, Cyprinidae. Most species are found in Southeast Asia, but a few are native to Africa. The fishes are active, generally slender, and have a protruding lower jaw. Several species are kept as pets, one of the most popular being the harlequin fish, or rasbora (R. heteromorpha), a reddish fish 4-5 cm (1.5-2 inches) long with a wedge-shaped, black spot on each side.

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