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archerfish

[ ahr-cher-fish ]
/ ˈɑr tʃərˌfɪʃ /
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noun, plural (especially collectively) ar·cher·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) ar·cher·fish·es.

a small fish, Toxotes jaculatrix, of brackish and fresh waters in southeastern Asia, that preys upon shoreside spiders and insects by spitting drops of water at them and knocking them into the water.
any of several closely related fishes of the family Toxotidae.

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Origin of archerfish

First recorded in 1885–90; archer + fish
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British Dictionary definitions for archerfish

archerfish
/ (ˈɑːtʃəˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

any freshwater percoid fish of the family Toxotidae of S and SE Asia and Australia, esp Toxotes jaculatrix, that catch insects by spitting water at them
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