chanchito

noun
chan·​chi·​to | \ chän-ˈchē-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce chanchito (audio) \
plural chanchitos

Definition of chanchito

: a freshwater cichlid fish (Australohero facetus synonym Cichlasoma facetum) of South America that is typically yellow to pale brown with dark vertical stripes, may reach a length of seven inches (18 centimeters), and is sometimes kept in aquariums : chameleon cichlid

First Known Use of chanchito

1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chanchito

borrowed from American Spanish, diminutive of chancho "hog, swine," affective variant of sancho in the same sense, from the Spanish given name Sancho

Note: Allegedly so named from the fish's habit of uprooting plants.

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Cite this Entry

“Chanchito.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chanchito. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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