characin
characin \characin\ n. any freshwater fish of the family {Characinidae}; -- also called {characid}.

Syn: characin fish, characid. [WordNet 1.5]


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  • characin — [kar′ə sin] n. [ModL < Gr charax, a kind of fish, orig., pointed stake] any of a large family (Characidae, order Cypriniformes) of small, strong jawed freshwater fishes of South and Central America and Africa …   English World dictionary

  • characin — /kar euh sin/, n. any freshwater fish of the family Characidae, of Africa and Central and South America. Also, characid. [1880 85; < NL Characinidae name of family, equiv. to Characin(us) the genus (charac ( < Gk charak , s. of chárax pointed… …   Universalium

  • characin — characid characid n. any freshwater fish of the family {Characinidae}; also called {characin}. Syn: characin, characin fish. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • characin — noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek charak , charax pointed stake, a fish Date: 1882 any of a family (Characidae) of usually small brightly colored tropical freshwater fishes that includes many aquarium fishes • characin adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • characin — noun any freshwater fish of the family Characinidae • Syn: ↑characin fish, ↑characid • Hypernyms: ↑cypriniform fish • Hyponyms: ↑tetra, ↑cardinal tetra, ↑Paracheirodon axelr …   Useful english dictionary

  • characin — noun Any of many diverse fish, of the order Characiformes, related to the carp and catfish and including the tetra …   Wiktionary

  • characin — (cha ra sin) s. m. Espèce de saumon …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • characin — [ karəsɪn] noun a small freshwater fish of a tropical family (Characidae) including the piranhas and tetras. Origin C19: from mod. L. Characinus (genus name), from Gk kharax pointed stake …   English new terms dictionary

  • characin — char·a·cin …   English syllables

  • characin — char•a•cin [[t]ˈkær ə sɪn[/t]] also char•a•cid [[t] ˌsɪd[/t]] n. ich any freshwater fish of the family Characidae, of Africa and Central and South America • Etymology: 1880–85; < F < NL Characini a subgeneric group (Linnaeus) « Gk chárax… …   From formal English to slang

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