Definitions for cichlidˈsɪk lɪd
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any freshwater fish of the family Cichlidae of South America, Africa, and S Asia, superficially resembling the American sunfishes and popular in home aquariums.
Origin of cichlid:
1880–85; < NL Cichlidae <Cichl(a) a genus (< Gk kíchlē thrush, wrasse)
cichlid, cichlid fish(noun)
freshwater fishes of tropical America and Africa and Asia similar to American sunfishes; some are food fishes; many small ones are popular in aquariums
Any of many tropical fish, of the family Cichlidae, popular as aquarium fish.
Cichlids are fish from the family Cichlidae in the order Perciformes. Cichlids are members of a group known as the Labroidei, along with the wrasses, damselfishes, and surfperches. This family is both large and diverse. At least 1,650 species have been scientifically described, making it one of the largest vertebrate families. New species are discovered annually, and many species remain undescribed. The actual number of species is therefore unknown, with estimates varying between 2,000 and 3,000. Cichlids are among the most popular freshwater fish kept in the home aquarium.
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