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 (kăr′ə-sĭd) also char·a·cin (-sĭn)
Any of numerous freshwater fishes of the family Characidae, which includes the tetras.

[From New Latin Characidae, family name, from Greek kharax, kharak-, a kind of sea bream.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.characid - any freshwater fish of the family Characinidaecharacid - any freshwater fish of the family Characinidae
cypriniform fish - a soft-finned fish of the order Cypriniformes
Characidae, family Characidae - tropical freshwater fishes of Africa and South America and Central America
tetra - brightly colored tropical freshwater fishes
cardinal tetra, Paracheirodon axelrodi - small bright red and blue aquarium fish from streams in Brazil and Colombia
caribe, pirana, piranha - small voraciously carnivorous freshwater fishes of South America that attack and destroy living animals
References in periodicals archive ?
Trophic and reproductive ecology of a neotropical characid fish Hemibrycon brevispini (Teleostei: Characiformes).
Oxidative stress biomarkers in the freshwater characid fish, Brycon cephalus, exposed to organophosphorus insecticide Folisuper 600 (methyl parathion).
Ontogenic events and swimming behavior of larvae of the characid fish Salminus brasiliensis (Cuvier) (Characiformes, Characidae) under laboratory conditions.
Ultrastructure of the semicystic spermatogenesis in the South American freshwater characid Hemigrammus marginatus (Teleostei, Characiformes).
Hyphessobrycon uaiso: a new characid fish from the rio Grande, upper rio Parana basin, Minas Gerais State (Ostariophysi: Characidae), with a brief comment about some types of Hyphessobrycon.
Condition factor in nine species of fish of the characid family in the upper Parana river flood plain, Brazil.
This pattern is not unusual in the Serra do Roncador (see for example Characid sp.