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cichlid

cichlid

noun cich·lid \ˈsi-kləd\

Definition of CICHLID

:  any of a family (Cichlidae) of mostly tropical spiny-finned usually freshwater fishes including several kept in tropical aquariums
cichlid adjective

Origin of CICHLID

ultimately from Greek kichlē thrush, a kind of wrasse; perhaps akin to Greek chelidōn swallow
First Known Use: 1884

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