[ raz-bawr-uh, -bohr-uh, raz-ber-uh ]
/ ræzˈbɔr ə, -ˈboʊr ə, ˈræz bər ə /


any of several minnows of the genus Rasbora, inhabiting fresh waters of southeastern Asia and the Malay Archipelago, especially the silvery R. heteromorpha, that has a black triangular marking near the tail and is often kept in aquariums.

Nearby words

  1. ras dashan,
  2. ras dashen,
  3. ras shamra,
  4. ras tafari,
  5. rasa,
  6. rasc,
  7. rascal,
  8. rascality,
  9. rascally,
  10. rascasse

Origin of rasbora

From New Latin, dating back to 1930–35, of undetermined orig.

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British Dictionary definitions for rasbora


/ (ræzˈbɔːrə) /


any of the small cyprinid fishes constituting the genus Rasbora of tropical Asia and East Africa. Many species are brightly coloured and are popular aquarium fishes

Word Origin for rasbora

from New Latin, from an East Indian language

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