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bitterling

[bit-er-ling]
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noun
  1. a cyprinid fish, Rhodeus sericeus, found in central and eastern Europe, the female of which has a long, bright yellow or red ovipositor to deposit eggs in the mantle cavity of mussels.

Origin of bitterling

1875–80; < German, equivalent to bitter bitter + -ling -ling1
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British Dictionary definitions for bitterling

bitterling

noun
  1. a small brightly coloured European freshwater cyprinid fish, Rhodeus sericeus : a popular aquarium fish

Word Origin

C19: from German; see bitter + -ling 1
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