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cyprinid

Line breaks: cyp|rin¦id
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪprɪnɪd
 
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Definition of cyprinid in English:

noun

Zoology
A fish of the carp family (Cyprinidae).
Example sentences
  • Fish prey guilds in streams in south-central Saskatchewan, Canada, are relatively simple systems, often consisting solely of cyprinids and sticklebacks.
  • In addition to the normal spectrum perceived by most vertebrates, several shallow-water species are able to see ultraviolet light; others, such as anchovies, cyprinids, salmonids and cichlids, can even detect polarized light.
  • If one were to include eleotrids, as some recommend, the gobies would rival the cyprinids as the largest fish family in the world.

Origin

late 19th century: from modern Latin Cyprinidae (plural), based on Greek kuprinos 'carp'.

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