Definition of characin in English:


Syllabification: char·a·cin
Pronunciation: /ˈkarəsən


  • A small and brightly colored freshwater fish native to Africa and tropical America.
    • Family Characidae: numerous species, including the piranhas and popular aquarium fishes such as the tetras
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    • 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.


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

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