One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fish of a large group which includes the carps, suckers, and loaches, and (in some classification schemes) the characins.
Order Cypriniformes or superfamily Cyprinoidea
- ‘Other groups of fishes that are prominent in the collection include: characoids, cyprinoids, neotropical catfishes, sunfishes, gobies, blennies, serranids and flatfishes.’
- ‘It is also vital for all of our fish stocks that these larvae remain over the winter period as chironomids because they are a major food source for all cyprinoids.’
- ‘There were several elegant villas built along the hillside, trees and flowers packed both sides of paths, and hundreds of cyprinoids in bright colors were chasing for feed in the lake.’
- ‘Everywhere in fresh waters, except in Australia, species of little cyprinoids or characoids are the principal forage fishes on which larger predators feed.’
- ‘The cyprinoids, which are absent from South America, dominate the freshwaters of tropical Asia and the north-temperate zone of Eurasia.’
Relating to or denoting the cyprinoids.
- ‘Infection with these food-borne parasites is prevalent in areas where uncooked cyprinoid fish are a staple of the diet.’
- ‘Roach a small fish of the cyprinoid family, has a generally silvery appearance with the back dull green and the lower fins red.’
- ‘The fluke utilizes, respectively, freshwater snails and cyprinoid fish as its first and second intermediate hosts.’
- ‘Cyprinoid fish have been removed from the lake, and fish of the salmon family have been placed in it.’
- ‘Among the naturally occurring fresh water fish, cyprinoid fish are among the dominating species as they successfully breed and reproduce in natural water reservoirs, streams or rivers and are being caught daily.’
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Cyprinoidea, based on Latin cyprinus ‘carp’ (from Greek kuprinos).
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