One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A perchlike freshwater fish of a family ("Cichlidae") that is widely distributed in tropical countries. Cichlids provide a valuable source of food in some areas, and many are popular in aquariums.
- ‘Many feeding behaviors found in cichlids are unique among freshwater fishes.’
- ‘Blue acara cichlids and guppies were obtained from a local aquarium fish supplier and were therefore of unknown origin.’
- ‘German researchers have studied cichlids living in tiny volcano-crater lakes in Cameroon, West Africa.’
- ‘The cichlids have evolved an astonishing array of forms in Africa.’
- ‘Tilapia cichlids can establish a strong population in a very short time span if the conditions are right.’
Late 19th century: from modern Latin Cichlidae (plural), from Greek kikhlē, denoting a kind of fish.
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