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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.]
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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
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Evidence for dispersal of fig seeds by the fruit eating Characid fish Brycon guatemalensis Regan in a Costa Rican tropical rain forest.
Reproductive biology of the characid dourado Salminus franciscanus from the Sao Francisco River.
Rhabdhochona mexicana sp.(Nematoda: Rhabdhochonidae) from intestine of characid fishes in Mexico.
Characid Fishes of the Genus Ceratobranchia, with Descriptions of New Species from Venezuela and Peru.
Nokman, "The South American characid fishes of the subfamily with Serrasalmoninae a revision of the genus," Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, vol.
Oxidative stress biomarkers in the freshwater characid fish, Brycon cephalus, exposed to organophosphorus insecticide Folisuper 600 (methyl parathion).