cichlid [sik-lid] Word Origin noun

  1. any of the spiny-rayed, freshwater fishes constituting the family Cichlidae, of South America, Africa, and southern Asia, superficially resembling the American sunfishes and popular in home aquariums.


  1. belonging or pertaining to the family Cichlidae.

Also cich·loid [sik-loid] /ˈsɪk lɔɪd/. Origin of cichlid 1880–85; New Latin Cichlidae, equivalent to Cichl(a) a genus (Greek kíchlē thrush, wrasse) + -idae -id2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 British Dictionary definitions for cichlid cichlid noun

  1. any tropical freshwater percoid fish of the family Cichlidae, which includes the mouthbrooders. Cichlids are popular aquarium fishes


  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Cichlidae

Derived Formscichloid, adjectiveWord Origin for cichlid C19: from New Latin Cichlidae, ultimately from Greek kikhlē a sea fish Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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