- any freshwater fish of the family Characidae, of Africa and Central and South America.
Origin of characin
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- any small carnivorous freshwater cyprinoid fish of the family Characidae, of Central and South America and Africa. They are similar to the carps but more brightly coloured
C19: from New Latin Characinidae, from characinus, from Greek kharax a fish, probably the sea bream
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