Definition of arapaima in English:

arapaima

Syllabification: ar·a·pai·ma
Pronunciation: /ˌarəˈpīmə
 
/

noun

A large, long edible freshwater fish native to tropical South America.
  • Arapaima gigas, family Osteoglossidae
More example sentences
  • There's also excellent fishing in the Essequibo, and the chance to spot aquatic life such as otters, caimans, and freshwater turtles, and the enormous arapaima, the world's largest freshwater fish.
  • The arapaima is found in the Amazon and Orinoco River drainage of South America.
  • The Brazilian government has now banned commercial fishing for arapaima, but enforcement is difficult.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Tupi.

Definition of arapaima in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day envenom
Pronunciation: ɪnˈvɛnəm
verb
put poison on or into; make poisonous