backswimmer

backswimmer
noun Date: 1862 an aquatic bug (family Notonectidae) that swims on its back

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  • backswimmer — ack swim mer n. any of numerous predaceous aquatic insects of the family {Notonectidae} (such as {Notonecta undulata}) that swim on their backs and may inflict painful bites; also called {boat bug}. [RHUD] [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • backswimmer — [bak′swim΄ər] n. any of a family (Notonectidae) of hemipterous water bugs that swim rapidly on their back by use of their long, oarlike legs …   English World dictionary

  • backswimmer — /bak swim euhr/, n. any of numerous predaceous aquatic hemipterous insects, of the family Notonectidae, that swim on their backs, and may inflict a painful bite if handled. Also called boat bug. [1860 65; BACK1 + SWIMMER] * * * …   Universalium

  • backswimmer — noun Any of various aquatic insects, of the family Notonectidae, that swim on their backs …   Wiktionary

  • backswimmer — back•swim•mer [[t]ˈbækˌswɪm ər[/t]] n. ent any of various predatory aquatic bugs, of the family Notonectidae, that swim on their backs • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • backswimmer — noun predaceous aquatic insect that swims on its back and may inflict painful bites • Syn: ↑Notonecta undulata • Hypernyms: ↑hemipterous insect, ↑bug, ↑hemipteran, ↑hemipteron • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • boat bug — backswimmer ack swim mer n. any of numerous predaceous aquatic insects of the family {Notonectidae} (such as {Notonecta undulata}) that swim on their backs and may inflict painful bites; also called {boat bug}. [RHUD] [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Notonecta undulata — backswimmer ack swim mer n. any of numerous predaceous aquatic insects of the family {Notonectidae} (such as {Notonecta undulata}) that swim on their backs and may inflict painful bites; also called {boat bug}. [RHUD] [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Notonectidae — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum …   Wikipedia

  • Pleidae — Taxobox name = Pygmy backswimmers image caption = Plea minutissima image width = 240px regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda subphylum = Hexapoda classis = Insecta subclassis = Pterygota infraclassis = Neoptera superordo = Exopterygota ordo =… …   Wikipedia

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