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darter

[ dahr-ter ]

noun

  1. a person or thing that darts or moves swiftly.
  2. any of several small, darting, freshwater fishes of the perch family, inhabiting streams of eastern North America.


darter

/ ˈdɑːtə /

noun

  1. Also calledanhingasnakebird any aquatic bird of the genus Anhinga and family Anhingidae, of tropical and subtropical inland waters, having a long slender neck and bill: order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, etc)
  2. any small brightly coloured North American freshwater fish of the genus Etheostoma and related genera: family Percidae (perches)


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Word History and Origins

Origin of darter1

First recorded in 1555–65; dart + -er 1

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Example Sentences

Suppose I'd rather go than act as a spy on that young gal your darter!

The habitat preferences of the orangethroat darter seemed similar to those of Campostoma anomalum.

There's my darter and Miss Hypatia around somewhere—They'll be dreadful disappointed to have missed you!

O, please let my darter in,—shee's a sweet gushin child of natur.

Amely, Old Brown's darter, marrys sumbody, and they all whirl in the Messy darnce.

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