climbing perch



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.

Origin of climbing perch

First recorded in 1870–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for climbing perch

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

    Tales of the Chesapeake|George Alfred Townsend