[ ar-uh-pahy-muh ]
/ ˌær əˈpaɪ mə /
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a large freshwater fish, Arapaima gigas, of Brazil and Guiana, reputed to reach a length of 15 feet (4.5 meters) and a weight of 500 pounds (225 kilograms).
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Origin of arapaima
First recorded in 1830–40; from Portuguese, from Tupi
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Arapaima (a-ra-pīma), a genus of South American fresh-water fishes, ord.
British Dictionary definitions for arapaima
/ (ˌærəˈpaɪmə) /
a very large primitive freshwater teleost fish, Arapaima gigas, that occurs in tropical South America and can attain a length of 4.5 m (15 ft) and a weight of 200 kg (440 lbs): family Osteoglossidae
Word Origin for arapaima
via Portuguese from Tupi
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