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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.]


(ˈkærəsɪn) or


(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]


(ˈkær ə sɪn)

also char•a•cid


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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.characin - any freshwater fish of the family Characinidaecharacin - 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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Otherwise, the omnivores group was composed only of three characin species and two of them changed to the invertivores group in Site 3, indicating that species diet was induced by local availability of food resources.
Early development and allometric growth in hatchery reared characin Brycon orbignyanus.
Early development and allometric growth in hatchery-reared characin Brycon orbignyanus.
A new cyprinid genus and species and a new characin from Portuguese East Africa.
Pacu is one of the most economically important and produced characin in Brazil and intensification of the species' production systems is the common trend (Jomori et al.
Interactive ecology of two cohabiting characin fisher (Astyanax fasciatus and Astyanax bimaculatus) in a eutrophic Brazilian reservoir.