Etymology
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piranha (n.)

also pirana, piraya, "voracious carnivorous fish of tropical America," 1869, from Portuguese piranha, from Tupi (Brazil) pira nya, probably literally "biting-fish," with pira "fish."

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Definitions of piranha

piranha (n.)
someone who attacks in search of booty;
Synonyms: marauder / predator / vulture
piranha (n.)
small voraciously carnivorous freshwater fishes of South America that attack and destroy living animals;
Synonyms: pirana / caribe
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