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[dahr-ter] /ˈdɑr tər/
a person or thing that darts or moves swiftly.
any of several small, darting, freshwater fishes of the perch family, inhabiting streams of eastern North America.
Origin of darter
1555-65; dart + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I see a smile upon your phiz,I'll go and call my vife and darter!

  • The birds comprise a darter, a cormorant, a guillemot, and a penguin.

  • So that was enough for my darter; for there's nothing the mode like coming from France.

  • But no darter of mine should go out past the flats in one of 'em if I had the say.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Me and my darter have been for a loaf round before breakfast.

  • The Indian darter does not appear to patronise the open sea.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • Mr. Conner will have it she kep' old Captain darter poor buying patent medicines.

    Stories That End Well Octave Thanet
  • All that I wants 'un out of way for, is that he mayn't have the chance to rob his darter.

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
  • Cain't yo' say 'howdy' to Mr. Sinclair's darter—an' her a-payin' yo' good money fer rent an' fer team hire.

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • And possession of his darter too, without so much as a Chancery suit.

    Erema R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for darter


Also called anhinga, snakebird. any aquatic bird of the genus Anhinga and family Anhingidae, of tropical and subtropical inland waters, having a long slender neck and bill: order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, etc)
any small brightly coloured North American freshwater fish of the genus Etheostoma and related genera: family Percidae (perches)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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blue darter, joe-darter

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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