Characidae

plural noun Cha·rac·i·dae \kəˈrasəˌdē\

Definition of Characidae

  1. :  a family of freshwater bony fishes (order Characiformes) consisting of the characins

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Origin and Etymology of characidae

New Latin, from Charac-, Charax, type genus (from Greek charak-, charax pointed stake, or a fish, probably the sea bream) +0 -idae


First Known Use: 1911


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