[pi-rahn-yuh, -ran- or, often, -rah-nuh, -ran-uh] /pɪˈrɑn yə, -ˈræn- or, often, -ˈrɑ nə, -ˈræn ə/
noun, plural piranhas (especially collectively) piranha.
any of several small South American freshwater fishes of the genus Serrasalmus that eat other fish and sometimes plants but occasionally also attack humans and other large animals that enter the water.
any of various small freshwater voracious fishes of the genus Serrasalmus and related genera, of tropical America, having strong jaws and sharp teeth: family Characidae (characins)
also pirana, 1869, from Portuguese piranha, from Tupi (Brazil) pira nya, variant of pira’ya, literally “scissors.”
[pee-rah-ne-zee] /ˌpi rɑˈnɛ zi/ noun 1. Giambattista [jahm-baht-tees-tah] /ˌdʒɑm bɑtˈtis tɑ/ (Show IPA), or Giovanni Battista [jaw-vahn-nee baht-tees-tah] /dʒɔˈvɑn ni bɑtˈtis tɑ/ (Show IPA), 1720–78, Italian architect and engraver. /Italian piraˈneːsi/ noun 1. Giambattista (dʒambatˈtista). 1720–78, Italian etcher and architect: etchings include Imaginary Prisons and Views of Rome
[pee-rah-paw-rah] /ˌpi rɑˈpɔ rɑ/ noun 1. a city in E Brazil.
[pi-rahr-uh-koo] /pɪˈrɑr əˌku/ noun 1. the arapaima.
[pahy-ruh t] /ˈpaɪ rət/ noun 1. a person who robs or commits illegal violence at sea or on the shores of the sea. 2. a ship used by such persons. 3. any plunderer, predator, etc.: confidence men, slumlords, and other pirates. 4. a person who uses or reproduces the work or invention of another without […]