crucian carp

[ kroo-shuh n ]
/ ˈkru ʃən /


a common cyprinid, Carassius carassius, that closely resembles the wild form of goldfish, occurring in streams in most parts of Europe and northern Asia.

Origin of crucian carp

1755–65; earlier crusion, probably < Low German (with plural ending -en interpreted as singular) Krunsch, Kruutsch, Middle Low German Karûsse (compare Dutch Karuts, German Karausche), perhaps ultimately < Latin coracīnus < Greek korakînos a fish of the Nile Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019