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char·a·cid(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.]
(Animals) any small carnivorous freshwater cyprinoid fish of the family Characidae, of Central and South America and Africa. They are similar to the carps but more brightly coloured
[C19: from New Latin Characinidae, from characinus, from Greek kharax a fish, probably the sea bream]
char•a•cin(ˈkær ə sɪn)
any freshwater fish of the family Characidae, of Africa and Central and South America.
[1880–85; < French < New Latin Characini a subgeneric group (Linnaeus) « Greek chárax pointed stake, a kind of fish]
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|Noun||1.||characin - 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