\ ¦kelˌbel¦bär \
plural -s

Definition of kelb-el-bahr

: any of several large formidable characin fishes of the Nile and rivers and lakes of tropical Africa that constitute the genus Hydrocyon, reach a length of about three feet, have strong teeth, and in form resemble a salmon

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History and Etymology for kelb-el-bahr

Arabic kalb al-baḥr, literally, the dog of the sea (river, Nile)

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“Kelb-el-bahr.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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