Definition of pacu in English:


Syllabification: pa·cu
Pronunciation: /ˈpako͞o, paˈko͞o

noun (plural same)

  • A deep-bodied, herbivorous freshwater fish native to northern South America.
    • Colossoma nigripinnis, family Characidae
    More example sentences
    • Are the vegetarian pacu's teeth different from the carnivorous piranha's teeth?
    • The introduction of these exotic species, such as the pacu, can have detrimental effects for native species inhabiting South Carolina waters.
    • Additionally, full-grown pacu are much larger than piranha.


early 19th century: from Tupi pacú.

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