swordtail

[ sawrd-teyl, sohrd- ]
/ ˈsɔrdˌteɪl, ˈsoʊrd- /

noun

any of several small, brightly colored, viviparous, freshwater fishes of the genus Xiphophorus, native to Central America, having the lower part of the caudal fin elongated into a swordlike structure: often kept in aquariums.

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Also called helleri.

Origin of swordtail

First recorded in 1925–30; sword + tail1

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British Dictionary definitions for swordtail

swordtail
/ (ˈsɔːdˌteɪl) /

noun

any of several small freshwater cyprinodont fishes of the genus Xiphophorus, esp X. helleri, of Central America, having a long swordlike tail
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