- any small fish of the genus Anabas, of ponds and swamps in Africa and southeastern Asia.
Origin of anabas
- a march from the coast into the interior, as that of Cyrus the Younger against Artaxerxes II, described by Xenophon in his historical work Anabasis (379–371 b.c.).
- Literary. any military expedition or advance.
Origin of anabasis
- any of several labyrinth fishes of the genus Anabas, esp the climbing fish
- the march of Cyrus the Younger and his Greek mercenaries from Sardis to Cunaxa in Babylonia in 401 bc, described by Xenophon in his AnabasisCompare katabasis
- any military expedition, esp one from the coast to the interior
Word Origin and History for anabases
1706, from Greek, "military expedition," literally "a going up (from the coast)," especially in reference to the advance of Cyrus the Younger from near the Aegean coast into Asia, and the subsequent story of the retreat of the 10,000 narrated by Xenophon (401 B.C.E.), from anabainein "to go up, mount;" from ana "up" (see ana-) + bainein "to go" (see come).