Definition of poeciliid in English:

poeciliid

noun

  • A fish of the family Poeciliidae, which comprises small, predominantly live-bearing fishes occurring in fresh and brackish waters from the eastern United States to northern Argentina.

adjective

  • Belonging to or characteristic of the family Poeciliidae.

Origin

Early 20th century. From scientific Latin Poecilia, genus name (M. E. Bloch and O. G. Schneider Systema ichthyologiae 452; from ancient Greek ποικίλος many-coloured + scientific Latin -ia) + -id, after scientific Latin Poeciliidae, family name.

Pronunciation

poeciliid

/pɔɪˈsɪlɪɪd/