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

  • n. A freshwater fish (Carassius auratus) native to eastern Asia, usually having brassy or reddish coloring and bred in many ornamental forms as an aquarium fish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of fish (scientific name Carassius auratus), typically orange-colored.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small domesticated cyprinoid fish (Carassius auratus); -- so named from its color. It is a native of China, and is said to have been introduced into Europe in 1691. It is often kept as an ornament, in small ponds or glass globes. Many varieties are known. Called also golden fish, and golden carp. See Telescope fish, under telescope.
  • n. A California marine fish of an orange or red color; the garibaldi.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fish of the carp family Cyprinidæ, Cyprinus or Carassius auratus, originally a Chinese species, now domesticated and bred everywhere for ornament in ponds, tanks, and aquariums.
  • n. Same as garibaldi, 2.

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

  • n. small golden or orange-red freshwater fishes of Eurasia used as pond or aquarium fishes

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