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[American Spanish, from Spanish Caribe, Carib; see Carib.]
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(Animals) a piranha
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pi•ra•nha(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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|Noun||1.||caribe - small voraciously carnivorous freshwater fishes of South America that attack and destroy living animals|
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