black carp


plural black carp also black carps
: a freshwater cyprinid fish (Mylopharyngodon piceus) of eastern Asia that is brownish-black with a bluish-gray belly and that has been introduced into non-native waters where it is often considered an invasive (see invasive entry 1 sense 1a) species
In addition to the two species of Asian carp that have been in Tennessee waters for several years, some anglers are starting to find a third variety—the black carp. … Anglers who believe they have encountered a black carp should take photographs and contact their local branch of the TWRA [Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency].Bryan Basher

Note: Black carp, along with the related bighead carp, grass carp, and silver carp, are often called Asian carp in the U.S.

Examples of black carp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are four species of invasive carp that have been introduced in the U.S – bighead, silver, grass and black carp, with the first three known to exist in Alabama waters. Leada Gore |, al, 13 Sep. 2023 Grass carp munch ecologically valuable wetland plants, and black carp feast on mussels and snails. John Flesher, Detroit Free Press, 16 July 2021 Four major species of Asian carp are found in Kentucky: grass carp, black carp, silver carp and big head carp. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, 25 Mar. 2021 The Brandon Road Lock and Dam in the Chicago Area Waterway System is a chokepoint to obstruct bighead, silver, and black carp – some of the invasive Asian carp’s most concerning species – from entering the Great Lakes. Scott McClallen, Washington Examiner, 8 Jan. 2021 Four species of carp were imported: first the grass carp, then the silver and bighead, and finally the black carp. Jeff Wheelwright, Discover Magazine, 24 June 2012 Grass carp eat aquatic plants, while black carp prefer mussels and snails. John Flesher, Anchorage Daily News, 22 June 2022

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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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“Black carp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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