- a white or silvery goldfish, Carassius auratus.
- any of various other silvery fishes, as the tarpon, silversides, or shiner.
- a wingless, silvery-gray thysanuran insect, Lepisma saccharina, that feeds on starch, damaging books, wallpaper, etc.
Origin of silverfish
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Examples from the Web for silverfish
"All we ask is that you obey our instructions," returned the silverfish.
A silverfish then raised its head beside that of the goldfish, and a moment later a bronzefish lifted its head beside the others.
The one who had been a silverfish had snow-white hair of the finest texture and deep brown eyes.
Rapid fire legs sidestep the etchings of industrious ants while silverfish are the boatmen trouncing human oars.The Land of Look Behind
Paul Cameron Brown
- a silver variety of the goldfish Carassius auratus
- any of various other silvery fishes, such as the moonfish Monodactylus argenteus
- any of various small primitive wingless insects of the genus Lepisma, esp L. saccharina, that have long antennae and tail appendages and occur in buildings, feeding on food scraps, bookbindings, etc: order Thysanura (bristletails)
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Word Origin and History for silverfish
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