cichlid
noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek kichlē thrush, a kind of wrasse; perhaps akin to Greek chelidōn swallow Date: 1884 any of a family (Cichlidae) of mostly tropical spiny-finned usually freshwater fishes including several kept in tropical aquariums • cichlid adjective

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  • cichlid — [sik′lid΄] n. [< ModL Cichlidae < Gr kichlē, a sea fish, wrasse] any of a family (Cichlidae) of tropical and subtropical freshwater percoid fishes superficially similar to the American sunfishes adj. of this family …   English World dictionary

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  • cichlid — /sik lid/, n. 1. any of the spiny rayed, freshwater fishes constituting the family Cichlidae, of South America, Africa, and southern Asia, superficially resembling the American sunfishes and popular in home aquariums. adj. 2. belonging or… …   Universalium

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  • cichlid — noun /ˈsɪklɪd/ Any of many tropical fish, of the family Cichlidae, popular as aquarium fish …   Wiktionary

  • cichlid — [ sɪklɪd] noun Zoology a perch like freshwater fish of a large tropical family (Cichlidae). Origin C19: from mod. L. Cichlidae, from Gk kikhlē, denoting a kind of fish …   English new terms dictionary

  • cichlid — cich·lid …   English syllables

  • cichlid — cich•lid [[t]ˈsɪk lɪd[/t]] n. ich any freshwater fish of the family Cichlidae of South America, Africa, and S Asia, superficially resembling the American sunfishes and popular in home aquariums • Etymology: 1880–85; < NL Cichlidae <… …   From formal English to slang

  • cichlid — /ˈsɪklɪd/ (say siklid) noun any of the Cichlidae, a family of spiny rayed, freshwater fishes of South America, Africa, and southern Asia; often kept in home aquariums. {New Latin Cichlidae, plural, from Greek kichlē kind of sea fish} –cichloid… …   Australian English dictionary

  • cichlid — n. any tropical freshwater fish of the family Cichlidae, esp. the kinds kept in aquariums. Etymology: mod.L Cichlidae f. Gk kikhle a kind of fish …   Useful english dictionary

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