Definition of cichlid
: any of a family (Cichlidae) of mostly tropical spiny-finned usually freshwater fishes including several kept in tropical aquariums
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Zaremba and Drew Gregg of Davie caught 50 largemouths up to 5 pounds, three peacocks, six chain pickerel, Mayan cichlids and lots of oscars on a morning trip in the L-35 Canal along Interstate 595.
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Origin and Etymology of cichlid
ultimately from Greek kichlē thrush, a kind of wrasse; perhaps akin to Greek chelidōn swallow
First Known Use: 1884See Words from the same year
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