[ gam-byoo-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh ]
/ gæmˈbyu ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə /
any fish of the genus Gambusia, comprising small livebearers that feed on aquatic insect larvae and are used to control mosquitoes.
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Origin of gambusia
1900–05; <New Latin, alteration of Cuban Spanish gambusino;see -ia
Words nearby gambusia
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Example sentences from the Web for gambusia
In quiet backwaters, coves, and shallow pools Gambusia affinis occurred in great numbers.Fishes of Chautauqua, Cowley and Elk Counties, Kansas|Artie L. Metcalf