- any of the spiny-rayed, freshwater fishes constituting the family Cichlidae, of South America, Africa, and southern Asia, superficially resembling the American sunfishes and popular in home aquariums.
- belonging or pertaining to the family Cichlidae.
Also cich·loid [sik-loid] /ˈsɪk lɔɪd/.
Origin of cichlid
1880–85; < New Latin Cichlidae, equivalent to Cichl(a) a genus (< Greek kíchlē thrush, wrasse) + -idae -id2
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- any tropical freshwater percoid fish of the family Cichlidae, which includes the mouthbrooders. Cichlids are popular aquarium fishes
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Cichlidae
Word Origin for cichlid
C19: from New Latin Cichlidae, ultimately from Greek kikhlē a sea fish
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