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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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Washington, July 13 ( ANI ): Male representatives of the tropical fish known as swordtail characins have flag-like sex ornaments that catch mates just like the bait on a fishing rod would, according to a new study.
For some characins in the study, that means males are waving pretend ants around in hopes of getting a bite.
Effects of dietary supplementation of carotenoids on survival, growth, pigmentation and antioxidant capacity of characins, (Hyphessobrycallistus).