from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the type genus of the family Cyprinidae; carp.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of the family Cyprinidæ; the carps proper.
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- n. type genus of the family Cyprinidae: carp
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They were the common cyprinus, so prevalent in our Indian waters.
Its banks were studded with villages; it abounds with fish, particularly the summah, a species of cyprinus; its waters are clear and beautiful from the reflection of the black and shining sand which covers the bottom in many places to the depth of eight or ten inches.
Linnaeus ranks this species of fish under the genus of _cyprinus_, or carp, and calls it _cyprinus auratus_.