archerfish
noun Date: circa 1889 any of several small East Indian bony fishes (genus Toxotes and especially T. ejaculator of the family Toxotidae) that catch insects by stunning them with water ejected from their mouths

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  • archerfish — [är′chər fish΄] n. pl. archerfish or archerfishes (see FISH) any of a family (Toxotidae) of freshwater percoid fish of Australasia …   English World dictionary

  • Archerfish — Taxobox name = Archerfish image caption = Banded archerfish, Toxotes jaculatrix regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Actinopterygii ordo = Perciformes familia = Toxotidae genus = Toxotes genus authority = Cuvier, 1816 subdivision ranks …   Wikipedia

  • archerfish — /ahr cheuhr fish /, n., pl. (esp. collectively) archerfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) archerfishes. 1. a small fish, Toxotes jaculatrix, of brackish and fresh waters in southeastern Asia, that preys upon shoreside spiders… …   Universalium

  • archerfish — /ˈatʃəfɪʃ/ (say ahchuhfish) noun (plural archerfish or archerfishes) any of several species of small tropical fishes as Toxotes jaculator of northern Australia and South East Asian waters, which catch insects by stunning them with a jet of water… …   Australian English dictionary

  • archerfish — dėmėtoji spjaudalė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Toxotes chatareus angl. archerfish; riflefish rus. пятнистый брызгун ryšiai: platesnis terminas – paprastosios spjaudalės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • archerfish — dryžoji spjaudalė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Toxotes jaculator angl. archerfish rus. полосатый брызгун ryšiai: platesnis terminas – paprastosios spjaudalės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • archerfish — noun Any of the species of fish in the Toxotidae (toxotes) family, who prey on small animals near to the surface of a water by shooting them with water from their mouths …   Wiktionary

  • archerfish — n. fish that hunts insects by shooting them down by squirting water from its mouth at them …   English contemporary dictionary

  • archerfish — noun (plural same or archerfishes) a freshwater fish, native to Asia, Australia, and the Philippines, that knocks insect prey off vegetation by shooting water from its mouth. [Genus Toxotes: several species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • archerfish — ar•cher•fish [[t]ˈɑr tʃərˌfɪʃ[/t]] n. pl. (esp. collectively) fish, (esp. for kinds or species) fish•es. ich a small fish, Toxotes jaculator, of SE Asia that catches spiders and insects by spitting drops of water at them and causing them to fall… …   From formal English to slang

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