- 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
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- a small brightly coloured European freshwater cyprinid fish, Rhodeus sericeus : a popular aquarium fish
C19: from German; see bitter + -ling 1
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