- any small fish of the genus Anabas, of ponds and swamps in Africa and southeastern Asia.
Compare climbing perch.
Origin of anabas
1835–45; < New Latin < Greek, aorist participle of anabaínein to go up. See anabaena
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Examples from the Web for anabas
The fish which the moodliar sent to me proved to be an Anabas, and closely resembles the Perca scandens of Daldorf.
The most celebrated example of this faculty, however, is the climbing perch (Anabas scandens) of India.
These labyrinthal water-chambers are particularly numerous and complicated in the Anabas just mentioned.
The most interesting member of this family is Anabas scandens, the climbing perch.
A related species is the equally famous tree-climber of India (Anabas scandens).
- any of several labyrinth fishes of the genus Anabas, esp the climbing fish
C19: from New Latin, from Greek anabainein to go up; see anabaena
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