any small fish of the genus Anabas, of ponds and swamps in Africa and southeastern Asia.

Origin of anabas

1835–45; < New Latin < Greek, aorist participle of anabaínein to go up. See anabaena



noun, plural a·nab·a·ses [uh-nab-uh-seez] /əˈnæb əˌsiz/.

a march from the coast into the interior, as that of Cyrus the Younger against Artaxerxes II, described by Xenophon in his historical work Anabasis (379–371 b.c.).
Literary. any military expedition or advance.
Compare katabasis.

Origin of anabasis

1700–10; < Greek: a stepping up. See ana-, basis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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any of several labyrinth fishes of the genus Anabas, esp the climbing fish

Word Origin for anabas

C19: from New Latin, from Greek anabainein to go up; see anabaena


noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)

the march of Cyrus the Younger and his Greek mercenaries from Sardis to Cunaxa in Babylonia in 401 bc, described by Xenophon in his AnabasisCompare katabasis
any military expedition, esp one from the coast to the interior

Word Origin for anabasis

C18: from Greek: a going up, ascent, from anabainein to go up; see anabaena
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1706, from Greek, "military expedition," literally "a going up (from the coast)," especially in reference to the advance of Cyrus the Younger from near the Aegean coast into Asia, and the subsequent story of the retreat of the 10,000 narrated by Xenophon (401 B.C.E.), from anabainein "to go up, mount;" from ana "up" (see ana-) + bainein "to go" (see come).

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