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noun (plural: piranhas)
  1. A kind of dangerous fish; may be used in a figurative sense.
  2. A carnivorous freshwater fish living in South American rivers and belonging to the families of Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: piranha
    1. Dutch, piranha
    2. French: piranha
    3. German: Piranha
    4. Spanish: piraí±a
Etymology: First attested w:1869, 1869. Up to now there exist at least three versions on where the name piranha comes from:
  • from a hybrid language composed of Tupi-Guarani languages; it may be a compound word made of the components pirí, fish + sanha or ranha, tooth.
  • from Tupi pirí, fish + ínha, cut
  • from Portuguese piranhaPortuguese, piranha, from Tupi pira nya, variant of pira'ya, literally scissors fish.



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