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noun tet·ra \ˈte-trə\

Definition of tetra

  1. :  any of numerous small often brightly colored South American characin fishes often bred in tropical aquariums

Origin and Etymology of tetra

by shortening from New Latin Tetragonopterus, former genus name, from Late Latin tetragonum quadrangle + Greek pteron wing — more at tetragonal, feather


First Known Use: 1931

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combining form tet·ra
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tetr-

Definition of tetra-

  1. 1 :  four :  having four :  having four parts tetravalent

  2. 2 :  containing four atoms or groups (of a specified kind) tetrachloride

Origin and Etymology of tetra-

New Latin, from Greek; akin to Greek tettares four — more at four


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