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Siamese fighting fish

noun
  1. a labyrinth fish, Betta splendens, that has been bred for centuries to develop brilliant coloration, very long fins, and pugnacity.
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Origin of Siamese fighting fish

First recorded in 1930–35
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British Dictionary definitions for siamese fighting fish

Siamese fighting fish

noun
  1. a brightly coloured labyrinth fish, Betta splendens, of Thailand and Malaysia, having large sail-like fins: the males are very pugnacious
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