Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A voracious characinoid fish, Serrasalmo piraya, of tropical America. It has a deep compressed body with a keeled serrated belly. The mouth is moderate, but its jaws are armed with lancet-shaped teeth as sharp as those of the shark. Cattle when fording rivers are sometimes badly bitten by it. The natives of Guiana sharpen their tiny arrows for the blow-gun by drawing them between two of the teeth, which shave them to a point with their sharp edges. The fish sometimes becomes 3 or 4 feet in length. Also called
caribeand pirai. See cut under Serrasalmo.
- n. Archaic form of piranha.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A large voracious fresh-water fish (Serrasalmo piraya) of South America, having lancet-shaped teeth.
“Path: piraya! kullmar! seunet! sunic2! mcsun! mcsun! piet From: piet@NIC. EU.net (Piet Beertema)”
“These waters contain great quantities of another and smaller fish known as the _piranha_, scientifically termed _Serraselmus piraya_.”
“The intermediate appears to be identical with the medium species of the piraya, or piranha, of Marcgrav.”
“In the Orinoco another dangerous creature exists, called by the natives piraya, with a head shaped somewhat like a sabre.”
“The intermediate appears to be identical with the medium species of the piraya, or piranha, of”
“When freedom beckons, Kashmiris respond with "Jeevay Jeevay Pakistan" and "bhooka nanga Hindustan, jaan seh piraya Paksitan.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘piraya’.
lots and lots of fish, a piscatorial
My ever expanding vocabulary...
Looking for tweets for piraya.