- 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 kg).
Origin of arapaima
1830–40; < Portuguese < Tupi
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Arapaima (a-ra-pīma), a genus of South American fresh-water fishes, ord.
- 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
via Portuguese from Tupi
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