stoneroller

[ stohn-roh-ler ]
/ ˈstoʊnˌroʊ lər /

noun

an American minnow, Campostoma anomalum, named from its habit of moving stones as it feeds.
any of several other minnows or suckers with similar habits, as Hypentelium nigricans.

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Origin of stoneroller

First recorded in 1795–1805; stone + roller1
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British Dictionary definitions for stoneroller

stone roller

noun

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

Word Origin for stone roller

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