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also 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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(pɪˈrɑːnjə) or


(Animals) any of various small freshwater voracious fishes of the genus Serrasalmus and related genera, of tropical America, having strong jaws and sharp teeth: family Characidae (characins)
[C19: via Portuguese from Tupi: fish with teeth, from pirá fish + sainha tooth]
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(pɪˈrɑn yə, -ˈræn-, -ˈrɑ nə, -ˈræn ə)

n., pl. -nhas, (esp. collectively) -nha.
any of several small South American freshwater fishes of the genus Serrasalmus, family Serrasalmidae, with sharp interlocking teeth: predatory on fishes and mammals and dangerous when swimming in schools.
[1865–70; < Portuguese < Tupi]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.piranha - someone who attacks in search of bootypiranha - someone who attacks in search of booty
aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker - someone who attacks
moss-trooper - a marauder and plunderer (originally operating in the bogs between England and Scotland)
2.piranha - small voraciously carnivorous freshwater fishes of South America that attack and destroy living animalspiranha - small voraciously carnivorous freshwater fishes of South America that attack and destroy living animals
characid, characin, characin fish - any freshwater fish of the family Characinidae
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[pɪˈrɑːnə] Npiraña f
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[pəˈrɑːnə] [piranha] (pl) n (also piranha fish) → piranha m
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piranha (fish)

nPiranha m
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[pɪˈrɑːnjə] npiranha m inv
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