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also pi·ra·ña  (pĭ-rä′nə, -rä′nyə)
Any of various tropical American freshwater fishes of several genera, especially Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus, that have sharp teeth and are known for attacking and feeding on live animals. Also called caribe.

[Portuguese, from Tupí : pirá, fish + ánha, teeth.]
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(pɪˈrɑːnjə) or


(Animals) any of various small freshwater voracious fishes of the genus Serrasalmus and related genera, of tropical America, having strong jaws and sharp teeth: family Characidae (characins)
[C19: via Portuguese from Tupi: fish with teeth, from pirá fish + sainha tooth]
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(pɪˈrɑn yə, -ˈræn-, -ˈrɑ nə, -ˈræn ə)

n., pl. -nhas, (esp. collectively) -nha.
any of several small South American freshwater fishes of the genus Serrasalmus, family Serrasalmidae, with sharp interlocking teeth: predatory on fishes and mammals and dangerous when swimming in schools.
[1865–70; < Portuguese < Tupi]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.piranha - someone who attacks in search of bootypiranha - someone who attacks in search of booty
aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker - someone who attacks
moss-trooper - a marauder and plunderer (originally operating in the bogs between England and Scotland)
2.piranha - small voraciously carnivorous freshwater fishes of South America that attack and destroy living animalspiranha - small voraciously carnivorous freshwater fishes of South America that attack and destroy living animals
characid, characin, characin fish - any freshwater fish of the family Characinidae
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[pɪˈrɑːnə] Npiraña f
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[pəˈrɑːnə] [piranha] (pl) n (also piranha fish) → piranha m
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piranha (fish)

nPiranha m
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[pɪˈrɑːnjə] npiranha m inv
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The mysterious fish in Lake Dojran whose specimens were taken to the Hydro-Biological Institute of Ohird are not piranhas but Amazonian pacu, which isn't dangerous for the people and will disappear by the time winter comes because they live in rivers whose temperature never goes below 20 degrees Celsius, Dnevnik reports.
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The event, inspired by David Almond's book The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas (which is also this year's Big Juice Read), sets out to follow the trials and tribulations of Stanley Potts as he traverses the world of the circus in a truly spectacular way.
A man has been accused of smuggling nearly 40,000 piranhas into New York City.
London, December 27 ( ANI ): Dozens of bathers in a popular beach on the Parana River in the city of Rosario were left injured after a shoal of piranhas attacked them under water.
Mega-bites: Extreme jaw forces of living and extinct piranhas (Serrasalmidae).