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pi·ra·nhaalso pi·ra·ña (pĭ-rä′nə, -rä′nyə)
Any of various tropical American freshwater fishes of several genera, especially Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus, that have sharp teeth and are known for attacking and feeding on live animals. Also called caribe.
[Portuguese, from Tupí : pirá, fish + ánha, teeth.]
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|Noun||1.||pirana - small voraciously carnivorous freshwater fishes of South America that attack and destroy living animals|
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