rasbora

noun
ras·​bo·​ra | \ raz-ˈbȯr-ə How to pronounce rasbora (audio) \

Definition of rasbora

: any of a genus (Rasbora) of tiny brilliantly colored cyprinid freshwater fishes often kept in tropical aquariums

First Known Use of rasbora

1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rasbora

borrowed from New Latin (originally as specific epithet of Cyprinus rasbora), of obscure origin

Note: The name rasbora was introduced as a specific epithet of the genus Cyprinus by the British zoologist Francis Buchanan (known after 1815 as Francis Hamilton), in the authorʼs An Account of the Fishes Found in the River Ganges and its Branches (Edinburgh, 1822), pp. 329-30. Buchanan-Hamilton adapted a number of fish taxa from vernacular names in Bengali, with which he was well acquainted, but if he did so in the case of rasbora, he did not indicate such, and the word does not appear to correspond to any current fish name in Bengali.

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“Rasbora.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rasbora. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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