cichlid

[sik-lid]

noun

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.

adjective

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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British Dictionary definitions for cichlid

cichlid

noun

any tropical freshwater percoid fish of the family Cichlidae, which includes the mouthbrooders. Cichlids are popular aquarium fishes

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Cichlidae
Derived Formscichloid, adjective

Word Origin for cichlid

C19: from New Latin Cichlidae, ultimately from Greek kikhlē a sea fish
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