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[goo-rah-mee] /gʊˈrɑ mi/
noun, plural (especially collectively) gourami (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) gouramis.
a large, air-breathing, nest-building, freshwater Asiatic fish, Osphronemus goramy, used for food.
any of several small, air-breathing, nest-building Asiatic fishes of the genera Trichogaster, Colisa, and Trichopsis, often kept in aquariums.
Origin of gourami
1875-80; < Malay (Java dial.) gurami < Javanese graméh Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • A fish of Java, the gourami (Osphronemus olfax), establishes an ovoid nest with the leaves of aquatic plants woven together.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • The surgeon called it the gourami, and said that some successful attempts had been made to introduce the fish in American waters.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • Achang called the fish the gourami, or something like that; but beyond this nothing was known about him.

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British Dictionary definitions for gourami


noun (pl) -mi, -mis
a large SE Asian labyrinth fish, Osphronemus goramy, used for food and (when young) as an aquarium fish
any of various other labyrinth fishes, such as Helostoma temmincki (kissing gourami), many of which are brightly coloured and popular aquarium fishes
Word Origin
from Malay gurami
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Word Origin and History for gourami

type of freshwater fish, 1878, from Malay gurami.

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