Definition of arapaima in English:


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


  • A large, long edible freshwater fish native to tropical South America.
    • Arapaima gigas, family Osteoglossidae
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    • 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.


mid 19th century: from Tupi.

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