• WordNet 3.6
    • v carp raise trivial objections
    • n carp any of various freshwater fish of the family Cyprinidae
    • n carp the lean flesh of a fish that is often farmed; can be baked or braised
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Carp (Zoöl) A fresh-water herbivorous fish (Cyprinus carpio.). Several other species of Cyprinus Catla, and Carassius are called carp. See Cruclan carp.☞ The carp was originally from Asia, whence it was early introduced into Europe, where it is extensively reared in artificial ponds. Within a few years it has been introduced into America, and widely distributed by the government. Domestication has produced several varieties, as the leather carp, which is nearly or quite destitute of scales, and the mirror carp, which has only a few large scales. Intermediate varieties occur.
    • Carp To find fault with; to censure.
    • Carp To find fault; to cavil; to censure words or actions without reason or ill-naturedly; -- usually followed by at. "Carping and caviling at faults of manner.""And at my actions carp or catch."
    • Carp To say; to tell.
    • Carp To talk; to speak; to prattle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • carp To speak; tell.
    • carp To talk; babble; chatter.
    • carp To censure, cavil, or find fault, particularly without reason or petulantly: used absolutely or followed by at.
    • carp To utter; speak.
    • carp To blame; find fault with; chide.
    • n carp Speech; talk; conversation.
    • n carp A teleostean fish of the family Cyprinidæ, Cyprinus carpio. The normal form has a long compressed body, large scales (35 to 39 being along the lateral line), a long dorsal with a strong serrate spine and 17 to 22 rays, a short anal with 3 simple and 5 branched rays, and 4 barbels upon the upper jaw. It is said to have been introduced into England in the fourteenth century. It is an excellent fish for ponds, as it breeds rapidly, grows to a large size, sometimes attaining the length of 4 feet, and lives for many years. In old age its scales become gray and white. There are numerous varieties, the most notable being
    • n carp A fish related to the common carp. The best-known is the gold carp or goldfish, Carassius auratus. See cut under goldfish.
    • n carp A name on the northeast coast of Ireland for the common sea-bream, Pagellus centrodontus.
    • n carp An English name of the opah.
    • n carp In the United States, a carp-sucker; a catostomoid fish of the subfamily Ictiobinæ and genus Carpiodes.
    • n carp A name of various fishes of the genus Chilodactylus in Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania. These fishes are not related to the European carp, which is a cyprinoid fish.
    • carp To prepare teazels for the napping-machine for dressing woolen cloth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Carp kärp to catch at small faults or errors (with at)
    • n Carp kärp a fresh-water fish common in ponds.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Icel. karfi, Dan. karpe, Sw. karp, OHG. charpho, G. karpfen, F. carpe, LL. carpa,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. carpe—Low L. carpa, prob. Teut.


In literature:

I was making a sketch of beeches and to pass the time she fed the carp.
"The Bondwoman" by Marah Ellis Ryan
Henry had scarcely time to seize the salmon when the Frog leaped ashore with a carp.
"Old French Fairy Tales" by Comtesse de Ségur
It has been carped at by Christian scribblers, and criticised by superior theologians like Mozley.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
It no longer prophesies; it carps and reviles!
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
If you dismiss mere carping and say that.
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells
It is sad to think that some carping critic had been riling the sweet soul of Nathan in the year 1732.
"The Galaxy" by Various
But Lord Grey's Government is already carped at, and not without apparent reason.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
He kept carping at Amos Adams who stood by with his son and the Bowmans, waiting for the street car.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
Don't be carping, Thorpe, just wait till you hear my story.
"The Come Back" by Carolyn Wells
It seems that because he didn't imitate Ingres in his choice of subject-matter he is carped at.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker

In poetry:

"Harp and carp, Thomas," she said,
"Harp and carp, along wi' me,
And if ye dare to kiss my lips,
Sure of your bodie I will be!"
"Thomas The Rhymer" by Anonymous British
For tell me, wherefore should we carp and care
For what we eat and drink, and what we wear;
And the meanwhile our fainting souls exclude
From that refreshing sweet celestial food?
"England's Alarm. or The Pious Christian's Speedy Call To Repentance" by Anonymous British
How do carp resolve the eel and terror here?
They face so many times this brown-ribbed fall of leaves
predicting weather foreign as a shark or prawn
and floating still above them in the paling sun.
"Underwater Autumn" by Richard F Hugo
Forth to his study the sculptor goes
In a mood of lofty mirth:
"Now shall the tongues of my carping foes
Confess what my art is worth!
In my brain last night the vision arose,
To-morrow shall see its birth!"
"The Unseen Model" by George MacDonald
And the receit shall be
My Saviour's bloud; whenever at his board
I do but taste it, straight it cleanseth me,
And leaves thee not a word;
No, not a tooth or nail to scratch,
And at my actions carp, or catch.
"Conscience" by George Herbert
"For to-morrow will be Monday and the fifth day of November—
Only day of opportunity before the final rush.
Carpe diem! go conciliate each person who's a member
Of the other party—do so while you can without a blush.
"At The Close Of The Canvass" by Ambrose Bierce

In news:

The spread of Asian carp toward the Great Lakes continues to cause great controversy.
Reel in Asian carp before it's too late: editorial .
The New Fly Fisher Carp PBS.
A High-Tech Hunt for Asian Carp.
Columnist reacts to the firestorm of controversy carp column raises.
Prairie du Chien carp drop is just tip of iceberg .
Investigations are under way into an infestation of more than 100 banned koi carp in two Kaipara ponds.
Intensive sweep of bays yields no sign of Asian carp.
CHICAGO — Members of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) released March 15 the first interim report of the Asian Carp Environmental DNA Calibration Study (ECALS).
Carp fence completed to stop Maumee River invasion .
Carpe Diem String Quartet steels itself for a passionate program.
Asian carp DNA detected in Lake Erie 's Maumee Bay.
Asian carp detected in Lake Erie 's Maumee Bay.
(Scroll down to see a video on how to identify Asian carp.
The threat posed by Asian carp in the Great Lakes was heightened Tuesday after it was announced genetic material from the fish were found in Lake Erie .