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

First recorded in 1555–65; dart + -er1
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Examples from the Web for darter

Historical Examples

  • But no darter of mine should go out past the flats in one of 'em if I had the say.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Wears gloves 61 like my darter when she goes to meeting-house!

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • The birds comprise a darter, a cormorant, a guillemot, and a penguin.

  • When the keeper has placed some food in the water-tank, the darter is fetched from its cage.

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

British Dictionary definitions for darter


  1. Also called: anhinga, snakebird 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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