Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

climbing perch

noun
  1. 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.
Show More

Origin of climbing perch

First recorded in 1870–75
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for climbing perch

Historical Examples

  • I ascended the rivers with the salmon, and fathomed the motives of the climbing-perch.

    Tales of the Chesapeake

    George Alfred Townsend