bitterling

[ bit-er-ling ]

noun
  1. 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

1
1875–80; <German, equivalent to bitterbitter + -ling-ling1

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British Dictionary definitions for bitterling

bitterling

/ (ˈbɪtəlɪŋ) /


noun
  1. a small brightly coloured European freshwater cyprinid fish, Rhodeus sericeus : a popular aquarium fish

Origin of bitterling

1
C19: from German; see bitter + -ling 1

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