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gambusia

[ gam-byoo-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh ]
/ gæmˈbyu ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə /
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noun

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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