- 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
Word Origin for characin
C19: from New Latin Characinidae, from characinus, from Greek kharax a fish, probably the sea bream
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