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climbing perch

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noun
a brown labyrinth fish, Anabas testudineus, of southeastern Asia and the Malay Archipelago, having a specialized breathing apparatus that enables it to leave the water and move about on land.
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Origin of climbing perch

First recorded in 1870–75
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