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EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

First attested in 1869.[1] The first part of the term is from Old Tupi pirá (fish). There are several theories regarding the source of second part, including:

  • It may be from Old Tupi sanha, sainha (tooth), or a Guaraní cognate of the same.[1]
  • It may be from Old Tupi ánha, anhá (cut) (which also meant "bad" or "devil" in Tupi-Guarani).[2]
  • The full term may have been pira nya, a variant of pira'ya (scissor-fish), in Old Tupi.[1]

The term entered English via Portuguese (as piranha) and Spanish (as piraña).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

piranha (plural piranhas or piranha)

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

TranslationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 piranha” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
  2. ^ Britton, A. Scott. Guaraní: Guaraní-English, English-Guaraní ; concise dictionary. New York: Hippocrene Books, 2005. Print.

CebuanoEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English piranha, from Old Tupi pirãia (fish).

PronunciationEdit

  • Hyphenation: pi‧ran‧ha

NounEdit

piranha

  1. a piranha

ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Tupi.

NounEdit

piranha m (invariable)

  1. piranha

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Tupi pirãia.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

piranha f (plural piranhas)

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