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swim bladder

air bladder (def 2).
Origin of swim bladder
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The known part of the route from an arboreal ancestor with a swim bladder to an urban descendant with a cigarette.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • The needless lung becomes a closed sac filled with air, and commonly known as the swim bladder.

  • It corresponds with the swim bladder of most modern fishes, and appears to have had a common origin with it.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
British Dictionary definitions for swim bladder

swim bladder

(ichthyol) another name for air bladder (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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swim bladder in Science
swim bladder
See air bladder.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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