crucian carp


cru·​cian carp ˈkrü-shən- How to pronounce crucian carp (audio)
: a European cyprinid fish (Carassius carassius)

called also crucian

Examples of crucian carp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Common and comet fatigue times were not significantly different from those of their ancestor, crucian carp Carassius carassius, and higher than the fantail and eggfish. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 5 June 2013 The rubbish pits of Jiahu also contain a suspiciously large amount of common carp—which, despite its name, should have been much harder to catch than another species called crucian carp. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 17 Sep. 2019 Goldfish and crucian carp, however, metabolize those carbs differently than other animals when oxygen is scarce. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 14 Aug. 2017

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Word History


modification of Low German karuse, from Middle Low German karusse, perhaps of Baltic origin; akin to Lithuanian karušis carp

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crucian carp was in 1836

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“Crucian carp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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