black carp


: a freshwater cyprinid fish (Mylopharyngodon piceus) that is typically dark gray in color with very large scales and a single row of pharyngeal teeth and that is native to eastern Asia and has been introduced into nonnative waters where it is often considered a pest
… the black carp is a bottom sucking ogre that can grow five feet long and up to 150 pounds. It gorges on mollusks … Peter T. Kilborn, New York Times, 26 Aug. 2002
Black carp look similar to grass carp (white amurs) with very large scales, but black carp are slightly darker and have throat teeth that look a lot like human molars. Black carp also have a somewhat pointed snout. Bryan Brasher, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee), 21 Apr. 2013
see also asian carp

Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black carp was in 1823

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