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fighting fish

any of several brightly colored labyrinth fishes of the genus Betta, found in Southeast Asia.
Also called betta. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This was the most remarkable action I ever observed in a fighting fish.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • The net came in as heavy as if it were full of fighting fish, but empty —.

    Old Peter's Russian Tales Arthur Ransome
  • Belt and socket should, of course, be used in fighting fish of such size.

  • For, as luck had it, he had chosen a tartar, a fighting fish—literally the "killer" which its kind had been named.

    Seed of the Arctic Ice H. G. Winter
  • fighting fish are a small fish and belong to the climbing perch family.

  • A whale is a sure enough big creature, but I never heard he was a fighting fish before.

    Wide Courses

    James Brendan Connolly
  • I think there are some fighting fish in that little river that runs along at the end of the golf course.

    The Golf Course Mystery Chester K. Steele
British Dictionary definitions for fighting fish

fighting fish

any of various labyrinth fishes of the genus Betta, esp the Siamese fighting fish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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