[ kil-ee-fish ]
/ ˈkɪl iˌfɪʃ /
noun, plural (especially collectively) kil·li·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) kil·li·fish·es.
any of several small, oviparous cyprinodont fishes, especially of the genus Fundulus, found in salt, brackish, and fresh waters.
any of several livebearers.
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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
British Dictionary definitions for killifish
/ (ˈkɪlɪˌfɪʃ) /
noun plural -fish or -fishes
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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