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Any of numerous often small freshwater fishes of the family Cyprinidae, which includes the minnows, carps, and shiners.
[From New Latin Cyprīnidae, family name, from Cyprīnus, type genus, from Latin cyprīnus, carp, from Greek kuprīnos, perhaps from kupros, henna (from the fish's color ), probably from a Semitic source akin to Hebrew kōper, henna; see kpr in Semitic roots.]
(Animals) any teleost fish of the mainly freshwater family Cyprinidae, typically having toothless jaws and cycloid scales and including such food and game fishes as the carp, tench, roach, rudd, and dace
1. (Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Cyprinidae
2. (Zoology) resembling a carp; cyprinoid
[C19: from New Latin Cyprīnidae, from Latin cyprīnus carp, from Greek kuprinos]
cyp•ri•nid(ˈsɪp rə nɪd)
1. any of the freshwater fishes of the family Cyprinidae, including carps, minnows, bream, chub, and dace.adj.
2. carplike in form or structure.
[1890–95; < New Latin Cyprinidae=Cyprīn(us) genus name (Latin: carp < Greek kyprînos) + -idae -id2]
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|Noun||1.||cyprinid - soft-finned mainly freshwater fishes typically having toothless jaws and cycloid scales|
cypriniform fish - a soft-finned fish of the order Cypriniformes
carp - any of various freshwater fish of the family Cyprinidae
tench, Tinca tinca - freshwater dace-like game fish of Europe and western Asia noted for ability to survive outside water
shiner - any of numerous small silvery North American cyprinid fishes especially of the genus Notropis
Carassius auratus, goldfish - small golden or orange-red freshwater fishes of Eurasia used as pond or aquarium fishes
|Adj.||1.||cyprinid - of or relating to members of fish family Cyprinidae|