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Any of numerous tropical and subtropical chiefly freshwater fishes of the family Cichlidae, which includes the tilapias and many species that are popular as aquarium fish.

[From New Latin Cichla, type genus, from Greek kikhlē, a kind of fish; see ghel- in Indo-European roots.]

cich′lid adj.


(Animals) any tropical freshwater percoid fish of the family Cichlidae, which includes the mouthbrooders. Cichlids are popular aquarium fishes
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Cichlidae
[C19: from New Latin Cichlidae, ultimately from Greek kikhlē a sea fish]
ˈcichloid adj


(ˈsɪk lɪd)

any freshwater fish of the family Cichlidae of South America, Africa, and S Asia, superficially resembling the American sunfishes and popular in home aquariums.
[1880–85; < New Latin Cichlidae <Cichl(a) a genus (< Greek kíchlē thrush, wrasse)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cichlid - freshwater fishes of tropical America and Africa and Asia similar to American sunfishescichlid - freshwater fishes of tropical America and Africa and Asia similar to American sunfishes; some are food fishes; many small ones are popular in aquariums
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean - any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
bolti, Tilapia nilotica - important food fish of the Nile and other rivers of Africa and Asia Minor
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