any of numerous aquatic insects of the family Corixidae, having paddlelike hind legs.
Origin of water boatman
First recorded in 1805–15
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for water boatman
Historical Examples of water boatman
Then there is the water-boatman, which always swims on its back.
The water-boatman (Nautonecta glauca) is a member of the same family, but is no use as food for the fish.
Others, such as the water-boatman, water-scorpions and pond-skaters, are not of any value as food for the fish.
British Dictionary definitions for water boatman
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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