char·​a·​cin ˈker-ə-sən How to pronounce characin (audio)
: any of a family (Characidae) of usually small brightly colored tropical freshwater fishes that includes many aquarium fishes
characin adjective

Word History


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

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of characin was in 1846

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“Characin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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