- any of several small, oviparous cyprinodont fishes, especially of the genus Fundulus, found in salt, brackish, and fresh waters.
- any of several livebearers.
Compare least killifish.
Origin of killifish
Also called kil·lie [kil-ee] /ˈkɪl i/.
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While the killifish responds to a bass-viol string, there may be some fishes wholly deaf.A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)
David Starr Jordan
- any of various chiefly American minnow-like cyprinodont fishes of the genus Fundulus and related genera, of fresh and brackish waters: used as aquarium fishes, to control mosquitoes, and as anglers' bait
Word Origin for killifish
C19: see kill ², fish
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