plural -s
: 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

Word History


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

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“Kelb-el-bahr.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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