from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A common name of Macrodon microlepis, a fish of the family Erythrinidæ found in fresh waters from Panama to Ecuador.
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(_Machrodon trahira_), also called by the Brazilians _rubaffo_ because of the noise they make in the water.
We had great sport that night and caught quantities of _trahira_ (_Macradon trahira_) -- not unlike a giant salmon and quite as good to eat; and also some _surubim_ (_Platystoma Lima_), a large fish belonging to the herring family.
During the night in less than one hour we caught two large _jahu_, one huge _pacu_ (_Prochilodus argentius_), the latter shaped like a sole, but of a much greater size, and with brilliant red patches on its body -- a most delicately-tasting fish to eat -- and a number of large _trahira_