piranha
noun Etymology: Portuguese, from Tupi pirãja, pirãnʸa, from pirá fish + ãja, ãnʸa tooth Date: 1861 any of various usually small South American characin fishes (genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus) that have very sharp teeth, often appear in schools, and include some that may attack and inflict dangerous wounds upon humans and large animals — called also caribe

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