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arapaima Line breaks: ara|paima
Pronunciation: /ˌarəˈpʌɪmə/

Definition of arapaima in English:


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


Mid 19th century: from Tupi.

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