Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See piranha.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. piranha fish

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A south American fresh water fish of the genus Serrasalmo of many species, remarkable for its voracity. When numerous they attack man or beast, often with fatal results.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The vernacular name of a very voracious South American fish, Serrasalmo piraya, and other characins of the subfamily Serrasalmoninæ (which see).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small voraciously carnivorous freshwater fishes of South America that attack and destroy living animals

Etymologies

American Spanish, from Spanish Caribe, Carib; see Carib.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In addition to this, many of the demonstrations 'organizers, supporters and enthusiasts can also be found on Twitter, such as @caribe, @pauloteixeira13, @samadeu, @arlesophia and @myris.

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  • Then there is habichuela, a usage popular in Puerto Rico, Cuba, el resto del área caribe, Colombia and many regional variations in South America.

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  • He refused — I had counted on that — and earnestly advised me not to bathe in the pool I was accustomed to, as some little caribe fishes had made their appearance there and would be sure to attack me.

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  • Girn, LM, Freire, V. Cceres, A. A.onzo, A.(1988) Estudio etnobotnico del rea caribe de Guatemala.

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  • He refused -- I had counted on that -- and earnestly advised me not to bathe in the pool I was accustomed to, as some little caribe fishes had made their appearance there and would be sure to attack me.

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  • The presence of a second adipous dorsal fin, and the form of the teeth, covered by lips distant from each other, and largest in the lower jaw, place the caribe among the serra-salmes.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • When we reflect on the numbers of these fish, the largest and most voracious of which are only four or five inches long, on the triangular form of their sharp and cutting teeth, and on the amplitude of their retractile mouths, we need not be surprised at the fear which the caribe excites in the inhabitants of the banks of the Apure and the Orinoco.

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  • The fear of the little caribe fish prevented us from bathing.

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  • It is even asserted, and with some probability, that the Guaraons plunge their dead bodies under water enveloped in nets; and that the small caribe-fishes, of which we saw everywhere an innumerable quantity, devour in a few days the muscular flesh, and thus prepare the skeleton.

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  • Bahumehi, a name which the caribe fish, or serra salme, also bears in

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