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

  • n. Any of various tropical and subtropical freshwater fishes of the family Cichlidae, many of which are popular as aquarium fish.

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  • n. Any of many tropical fish, of the family Cichlidae, popular as aquarium fish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fish of the family Cichlidæ.

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

  • n. freshwater fishes of tropical America and Africa and Asia similar to American sunfishes; some are food fishes; many small ones are popular in aquariums


From New Latin Cichla, type genus, from Greek kikhlē, a kind of fish; see ghel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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