piranha

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1869.[1] The first part of the term is from Ere pirá (fish). There are four theories regarding the source of second part:

Coming via Portuguese (as piranha) and via Spanish (as piraña).

Noun[edit]

piranha (plural piranhas)

  1. Any of the carnivorous freshwater fish living in South American rivers and belonging to the subfamily Serrasalminae.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 piranha” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  2. ^ Britton, A. Scott. Guaraní: Guaraní-English, English-Guaraní ; concise dictionary. New York: Hippocrene Books, 2005. Print.

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Tupi.

Noun[edit]

piranha f (plural piranhas)

  1. piranha
  2. (pejorative, vulgar, Brazil) slut