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gambusia

[gam-byoo-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]
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noun
  1. 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
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Historical Examples

  • In quiet backwaters, coves, and shallow pools Gambusia affinis occurred in great numbers.

    Fishes of Chautauqua, Cowley and Elk Counties, Kansas

    Artie L. Metcalf