cichlid

noun

cich·​lid ˈsi-kləd How to pronounce cichlid (audio)
: any of a family (Cichlidae) of mostly tropical spiny-finned usually freshwater fishes including several kept in tropical aquariums
cichlid adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The species was originally described in 1976 as a cichlid, part of the family that includes tilapia and peacock bass. Asher Elbein, New York Times, 25 Feb. 2020 Scientists at the University of Burgundy in France studied one called the convict cichlid, a monogamous fish species that forms long-lasting pairs. Sigal Samuel, Vox, 20 July 2019 But the number of cichlid species has declined, researchers found in the 1990s. Elizabeth Preston, Science | AAAS, 20 June 2019 Africa's Lake Victoria, for example, hosts hundreds of species of fish called cichlids. Elizabeth Preston, Science | AAAS, 20 June 2019 Predatory cichlid: At least two species of this fish may lure prey by sinking to the bottom of a river or lake and lying still as a corpse. Patricia Edmonds, National Geographic, 17 June 2019 If small fish approach to scavenge, the cichlid lunges and makes a meal of them. Patricia Edmonds, National Geographic, 17 June 2019 Researchers at the University of Burgundy performed a series of tests on convict cichlids, a type of fish, and measured their moods. Aj Willingham, CNN, 15 June 2019 Researchers at the University of Burgundy performed a series of tests on convict cichlids — a species of small, monogamous fish native to Central America — to measure their mood and emotional attachment. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 12 June 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

from the base of New Latin Cichlidae, family name, from Cichla, a genus in the family (borrowed from Greek kíchlē "thrush, a species of wrasse," probably of pre-Greek substratal origin) + -idae -idae

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cichlid was in 1884

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Cite this Entry

“Cichlid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cichlid. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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