Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of numerous tropical and subtropical chiefly freshwater fishes of the family Cichlidae, which includes the tilapias and many species that are popular as aquarium fish.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A fish of the family Cichlidæ.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[From New Latin Cichla, type genus, from Greek kikhlē, a kind of fish; see ghel- in Indo-European roots.]

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  • ...the herbivorous

    cichlids first appear

    at Rusinga in

    Early Miocene' -

    have another Bass?...

    - Peter Reading, 5x5x5x5x5, 1983

    July 1, 2008