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white cloud

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1.
a small, brightly colored freshwater fish, Tanichthys albonubes, native to China: popular in home aquariums.
Origin
by ellipsis from White Cloud Mountain fish, after a hill of the same name (Chinese Bǎiyún shān), NE of Canton, China, where the fish was discovered in 1932
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white cloud

small aquarium fish of the carp family, Cyprinidae, native to the White Cloud Mountains (Pai-yun Shan) of Kwangtung province, China. The white cloud is a slender, hardy fish, about 4 cm (1.5 inches) long. It is greenish brown, with a silvery belly and red patches on its fins. On each side from head to tail, it has a gleaming stripe, brilliant blue in the young fish, golden in the adult. A rather popular fish, the white cloud is unaggressive and easily bred in captivity.

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