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red devil

[ red-dev-uhl ]
/ ˈrɛd ˈdɛv əl /
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noun

Also called red dev·il cich·lid [red-dev-uhl sik-lid] /ˈrɛd ˈdɛv əl ˈsɪk lɪd/ . any of various cichlid fishes, especially Amphilophus labiatus and A. citrinellus, two closely related Central American species common in the aquarium trade and noted for their aggressiveness.
Slang. red1 (def. 6).
Also called red death [red-deth], /ˈrɛd ˈdɛθ/, red e·vil [red-ee-vuhl] /ˈrɛd ˈi vəl/ .Slang. doxorubicin.

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Origin of red devil

First recorded in 1950–55 for def. 2 and 2000–05 for def. 1
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