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cichlid

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noun cich·lid \ˈsi-kləd\

Definition of cichlid

  1. :  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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