Definition of characin in English:

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characin

Pronunciation: /ˈkarəsɪn/

noun

A small and brightly coloured freshwater fish native to Africa and tropical America.
Example sentences
  • Each year since 1960, more than 35 tropical American species of fishes, including catfishes, characins, electric fishes, killifishes, and cichlids, have been newly described and named.
  • And some fossil catfishes, lungfishes, and characins date back to the Late Cretaceous, 70 million years ago.
  • These streams are occupied on the south slope by a subset of the fish that characterize freshwater rivers in the Orinoco Basin in Venezuela, including cichlids and characins.

Origin

Late 19th century: from modern Latin Characinus (genus name), from Greek kharax, literally 'pointed stake', denoting a kind of fish.

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Line breaks: chara|cin

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