Definitions for characinˈkær ə sɪn; -ˌsɪd
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
char•a•cinˈkær ə sɪn; -ˌsɪd(n.)
any freshwater fish of the family Characidae, of Africa and Central and South America.
Origin of characin:
1880–85; < F < NL Characini a subgeneric group (Linnaeus) 蠐 Gk chárax pointed stake, a kind of fish
characin, characin fish, characid(noun)
any freshwater fish of the family Characinidae
Any of many diverse fish, of the order Characiformes, related to the carp and catfish and including the tetra.