water boatman


noun

any of numerous aquatic insects of the family Corixidae, having paddlelike hind legs.

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Also called boat bug.

Origin of water boatman

First recorded in 1805–15
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Example sentences from the Web for water boatman

  • The water-boatman (Nautonecta glauca) is a member of the same family, but is no use as food for the fish.

    Amateur Fish Culture|Charles Edward Walker
  • Then there is the water-boatman, which always swims on its back.

  • Others, such as the water-boatman, water-scorpions and pond-skaters, are not of any value as food for the fish.

    Amateur Fish Culture|Charles Edward Walker

British Dictionary definitions for water boatman

water boatman

noun

any of various aquatic bugs of the families Notonectidae and Corixidae, having a flattened body and oarlike hind legs, adapted for swimming
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