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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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(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]
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(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]
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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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Early development and allometric growth in hatchery-reared characin Brycon orbignyanus.
Within flood season variation in fruit consumption and seed dispersal by two characin fishes of the Amazon.
Take a walk through the Flooded Forest exhibition to discover freshwater fish of South America, such as the Black Pacu, the largest member of the Characin family.
On curimatid characin fishes having an incomplete lateral line, with a note on the peculiar sexual dimorphism of Curimatopsis macrolepis.
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.
The effect of dietary MOS on fish intestinal morphology was described for several economic important fish species (Dimitroglou et al., 2010a, 2010b; Genc et al., 2007; Pryor et al., 2003; Salze et al., 2008; Zhou et al., 2010) including the Brazilian Neotropical characin fish pacu, Piaractus mesopotamicus (Sado et al., 2014a).
A new cyprinid genus and species and a new characin from Portuguese East Africa.
WEB FEAT: George's giant spider; TIME OUT: Gordon takes a break on his amazing trip; SHARP END: Steve with a sabretooth characin; WEB CAST: The whipspider is a rare sight but the Scots got close up; SCALE NEW HEIGHTS: An Amazon forest dragon; ON THE UP: The boat is dragged up Kaieteur Falls; SMALL WORLD: Crazy caterpillar, Harpy Eagle, antwren chicks and horned frog; PICTURES: BBC