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Remember that piranha ends with -ha: it is a Portuguese word.
noun (plural same or piranhas)
- a deep-bodied South American freshwater fish that typically lives in schools and has very sharp teeth that are used to tear flesh from prey. It has a reputation as a fearsome predator.
- Serrasalmus and other genera, family Characidae: several species, including the red (or red-bellied) piranha (S. natterei)
mid 18th century: via Portuguese from Tupi pirá 'fish' + sainha 'tooth'