characin

noun
char·​a·​cin | \ ˈker-ə-sən How to pronounce characin (audio) , ˈka-rə- \

Definition of characin

: any of a family (Characidae) of usually small brightly colored tropical freshwater fishes that includes many aquarium fishes

Other Words from characin

characin adjective

First Known Use of characin

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for characin

ultimately from Greek charak-, charax pointed stake, a fish

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The first known use of characin was in 1882

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“Characin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/characin. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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