Any of numerous often small freshwater fishes of the family Cyprinidae, which includes the minnows, carps, and shiners.
[From New Latin Cyprīnidae, family name, from Cyprīnus, type genus, from Latin cyprīnus, carp, from Greek kuprīnos, perhaps from kupros, henna (from the fish's color ), probably from a Semitic source akin to Hebrew kōper, henna; see kpr3 in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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