Fighting fish
Fighting Fight"ing, a. 1. Qualified for war; fit for battle. [1913 Webster]

An host of fighting men. --2 Chron. xxvi. 11. [1913 Webster]

2. Occupied in war; being the scene of a battle; as, a fighting field. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

{A fighting chance}, one dependent upon the issue of a struggle. [Colloq.]

{Fighting crab} (Zo["o]l.), the fiddler crab.

{Fighting fish} (Zo["o]l.), a remarkably pugnacious East Indian fish ({Betta pugnax}), reared by the Siamese for spectacular fish fights. [1913 Webster]


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  • fighting fish — /ˈfaɪtɪŋ fɪʃ/ (say fuyting fish) noun (plural fighting fish or fighting fishes) a small brilliantly coloured aquarium fish, a species of Betta, noted for the fighting habits of the males. Usage: For variation in the plural inflection, see note at …   Australian English dictionary

  • fighting fish — (also Siamese fighting fish) noun a small labyrinth fish native to Thailand, the males of which fight vigorously. [Betta splendens.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • fighting fish — any of several brightly colored labyrinth fishes of the genus Betta, found in Southeast Asia. Also called betta. Cf. Siamese fighting fish. * * * …   Universalium

  • fighting fish — noun A small aggressive freshwater fish originating from Thailand, popular as aquarium fish, Betta splendens …   Wiktionary

  • fighting fish — a member of the labyrinth fish genus Betta (Osphronemidae), the males of which that engages in ritualistic reproductive fights …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • fighting fish — noun : betta …   Useful english dictionary

  • Siamese fighting fish — Selectively bred halfmoon male Naturally occurrin …   Wikipedia

  • Siamese fighting fish — a labyrinth fish, Betta splendens, that has been bred for centuries to develop brilliant coloration, very long fins, and pugnacity. See illus. at fighting fish. [1930 35] * * * Freshwater tropical fish (Betta splendens;family Belontiidae or… …   Universalium

  • Siamese fighting fish — noun (plural Siamese fighting fish or Siamese fighting fishes) a bony fish, Betta splendens, which has become highly coloured as a result of selective breeding, and the males of which are very pugnacious. {originated in Thailand, formerly known… …   Australian English dictionary

  • slim fighting fish — grakštusis gaidukas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Betta bellica angl. slim fighting fish rus. изящный петушок ryšiai: platesnis terminas – gaidukai …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

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