plural noun Cich·li·dae \ˈsikləˌdē\

Definition of Cichlidae

  1. :  a large family of chiefly tropical freshwater percoid fishes similar in many respects to the American sunfishes, some (as the bolti) being important food fishes while a number of small forms are favored for the tropical aquarium

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Origin and Etymology of cichlidae

New Latin, from Cichla, type genus (from Greek kichlē thrush, also, a kind of wrasse) + -idae; akin to Greek chelidōn swallow — more at celandine

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