Piranhos, Cueca (1854); Bird-Nest Soup (1818)
fortson at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Tue Jan 29 15:01:42 UTC 2002
>Pg. 63: ...piranhos (Myletes macropomus)....
Re piranha/piranho, something's a little funny (fishy?) about this. The
genus of the piranha is Serassalmus. Myletes is a genus of related
characin fishes, though I've had a hard time finding Myletes macropomus
specifically (it may be the tambaqui). There's a Colossoma macropomus (or
macropomum), the black-finned pacu, that is also related (and looks awful
piranha-like). Anyway, it may not be relevant for OED purposes, but it
might be worth looking into precisely what "piranho" referred to
(possibly, of course, several similar fishes, including the piranha).
More information about the Ads-l