/raz bawr"euh, -bohr"euh, raz"beuhr euh/, n.any of several minnows of the genus Rasbora, inhabiting fresh waters of southeastern Asia and the Malay Archipelago, esp. the silvery R. heteromorpha, that has a black triangular marking near the tail and is often kept in aquariums.[1930-35; < NL, of undetermined orig.]
* * *(genus Rasbora), any of a group of about 45 species of schooling, freshwater tropical fishes in the carp family, Cyprinidae. Most species are found in Southeast Asia, but a few are native to Africa. The fishes are active, generally slender, and have a protruding lower jaw. Several species are kept as pets, one of the most popular being the harlequin fish, or rasbora (R. heteromorpha), a reddish fish 4–5 cm (1.5–2 inches) long with a wedge-shaped, black spot on each side.
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