Definition of cyprinid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsiprəˌnid/


A fish of the minnow (or 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.


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

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