Definitions

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

  • n. See tetra.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of many diverse fish, of the order Characiformes, related to the carp and catfish and including the tetra.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any freshwater fish of the family Characinidae; -- also called characid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fish of the family Characinid├Ž.

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

  • n. any freshwater fish of the family Characinidae

Etymologies

From New Latin Characinidae, former family name, from Greek kharax, kharak-, a kind of fish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The most important fish in Lake Chad are the characin (Alestes baremoze) and the Nile perch (Lates niloticus).

    Lake Chad flooded savanna

  • Drag to Playlist hujeta/rocket/silver/characin gar, senegal bichir, acei cichlids in my planted tank my 55 gallon planted tank is home to a characin gar, senegal bichir, 16 acei cichlids, a few chinese algae eaters and a juvenile rainbow shark.

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  • Another member of the large characin clan, the lemon tetra has a fairly elongated body like its smaller relative the neon tetra and like neons and other characins, the lemon tetra does best if kept in small schools of six to eight fish.

    Aquarium Supplies

  • These fish include the pacu (Metynnis and Mylossoma), tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum), pirarucu (Arapaima gigas), sardinha (Triportheus angulatus), and the smaller carnivorous characin, the pirana (Serrasalmus spp.).

    Purus varzea

  • These fish include the pacu (Metynnis and Mylossoma), tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum), pirarucu (Arapaima gigas), sardinha (Triportheus angulatus), and the smaller pirana (Serrasalmus spp.), a carnivorous characin.

    Iquitos varzea

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