Definition of candiru in English:

candiru

Line breaks: can|diru
Pronunciation: /ˌkandɪˈruː
 
/

noun

A minute, slender catfish of the Amazon region, feeding by sucking blood from other fishes and sometimes entering the body orifices of mammals. It is notorious for its occasional habit of entering the urethra of human bathers.
  • Vandellia cirrhosa, family Trichomycteridae
More example sentences
  • The candiru feeds parasitically by burrowing into body orifices, jamming itself in place using barbs along its sides then drinking the blood of its victim.
  • In fact, the candiru is one of a very few vertebrate parasites that targets humans.
  • The most widely discussed, if highly controversial, theory is that candirus are attracted to urine streams, mistaking them for the gill streams of fish.

Origin

mid 19th century: via Portuguese from Tupi candirú.

Definition of candiru in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day oleaginous
Pronunciation: ˌəʊlɪˈadʒɪnəs
adjective
rich in, covered with, or producing oil; oily