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  1. any small fish of the genus Anabas, of ponds and swamps in Africa and southeastern Asia.

Origin of anabas

1835–45; < New Latin < Greek, aorist participle of anabaínein to go up. See anabaena
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  1. any of several labyrinth fishes of the genus Anabas, esp the climbing fish

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from Greek anabainein to go up; see anabaena
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