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[stohn-roh-ler] /ˈstoʊnˌroʊ lər/
an American minnow, Campostoma anomalum, named from its habit of moving stones as it feeds.
any of several other minnows or suckers with similar habits, as Hypentelium nigricans.
Origin of stoneroller
First recorded in 1795-1805; stone + roller1 Unabridged
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  • A stone roller is generally kept on the roof of each house for the purpose of making a flat and even surface.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • When I invented the chemical printing afterward, I held that a stone roller could be used for this work as well as a wooden one.

    The Invention of Lithography Alois Senefelder
  • Dick spoke to several of the group and seated himself on a stone roller beside the cinders.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The olives are crushed on a big stone hollowed out for the purpose, by passing a stone roller over them, which is moved by a mule.

  • When morning comes, they take it from the jar, and spreading it on a stone bench, make it into paste with a stone roller.

    Little Folks of North America Mary Hazelton Wade
  • An unfortunate child who lived there had never been so well since the stone roller went over his head.

    Round About a Great Estate Richard Jefferies
British Dictionary definitions for stone roller

stone roller

a small silvery freshwater cyprinid fish, Campostoma anomalum, of the eastern US, having a narrow black stripe on the dorsal and anal fins
Word Origin
C19: so called because it pushes stones about in building its nest
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