[pahy-seen, pis-ahyn, -een, -in]


of, relating to, or resembling a fish or fishes.

Origin of piscine

1790–1800; < Latin piscīnus, equivalent to pisc(is) fish + -īnus -ine1
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Contemporary Examples of piscine

Historical Examples of piscine

  • He leaned forward and fixed the tabletop with a piscine stare.

    Cue for Quiet

    Thomas L. Sherred

  • Possibly there was a certain suggestion of the piscine, sir.

    Right Ho, Jeeves

    P. G. Wodehouse

  • The tears of the young man in the piscine were the only tears of sorrow I saw at Lourdes.


    Robert Hugh Benson

  • Most of the species are entozoal; but many adhere to the surface of the body of piscine hosts.


    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • That morning in the piscine she had found herself able to walk properly though her heels were tender from disuse.


    Robert Hugh Benson

British Dictionary definitions for piscine



of, relating to, or resembling a fish
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Word Origin and History for piscine

c.1300, "reservoir, bathing pool," from Old French piscine "fishpond," from Latin piscina, from piscis "a fish" (see fish (n.)). Ecclesiastical sense is from late 15c., from Medieval Latin piscina. As an adjective from 1799.

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piscine in Science


[pīsēn′, pĭsīn′]

Relating to or characteristic of fishes.
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