Definition of bitterling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɪtəlɪŋ/


A small brightly coloured freshwater fish of central Europe. The eggs are deposited inside a mussel, in which they are fertilized and the young eventually hatch.
  • Rhodeus amarus, family Cyprinidae.
Example sentences
  • The European bitterling (Rhodeus sericeus, Cyprinidae) is a freshwater fish in which the quality of the resource is of crucial importance for successful reproduction but can easily be manipulated.
  • Similarly, in the European bitterling, Rhodeus sericeus, dominant males invested most in ejaculations before oviposition if only one competitor was present.
  • Species (or larger taxonomic groups) used as hosts by this species are orange spotted sunfish, bitterling, white-tail shiner, spotfin shiner, and big-eye chub.


Late 19th century: from German Bitterling, from bitter 'bitter'(translating Latin amarus) + -ling.

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