[ stohn-roh-ler ]

  1. an American minnow, Campostoma anomalum, named from its habit of moving stones as it feeds.

  2. any of several other minnows or suckers with similar habits, as Hypentelium nigricans.

Origin of stoneroller

First recorded in 1795–1805; stone + roller1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stoneroller in a sentence

  • When morning comes, they take it from the jar, and spreading it on a stone bench, make it into paste with a stone roller.

    Little Folks of North America | Mary Hazelton Wade
  • An unfortunate child who lived there had never been so well since the stone roller went over his head.

    Round About a Great Estate | Richard Jefferies
  • Then two other men came, and they were dragging a great heavy stone roller behind them.

    The Doers | William John Hopkins
  • Dick spoke to several of the group and seated himself on a stone roller beside the cinders.

    Quarter-Back Bates | Ralph Henry Barbour
  • When I invented the chemical printing afterward, I held that a stone roller could be used for this work as well as a wooden one.

    The Invention of Lithography | Alois Senefelder

British Dictionary definitions for stone roller

stone roller

  1. a small silvery freshwater cyprinid fish, Campostoma anomalum, of the eastern US, having a narrow black stripe on the dorsal and anal fins

Origin of stone roller

C19: so called because it pushes stones about in building its nest

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