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cichlid

[sik-lid]
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noun
  1. 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.
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adjective
  1. belonging or pertaining to the family Cichlidae.
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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
  1. any tropical freshwater percoid fish of the family Cichlidae, which includes the mouthbrooders. Cichlids are popular aquarium fishes
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Cichlidae
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Derived Formscichloid, adjective

Word Origin

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