swordtail
noun Date: 1858 a small brightly marked Central American live-bearer (Xiphophorus helleri of the family Poeciliidae) often kept in tropical aquariums and bred in many colors

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  • Swordtail — Sword tail , n. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The limulus. (b) Any hemipterous insect of the genus {Uroxiphus}, found upon forest trees. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swordtail — см. Приложение 1 (Xiphophorus). (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • swordtail — swordtail. См. меченосцы. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • swordtail — [sôrd′tāl΄] n. any of a genus (Xiphophorus) of fishes that are livebearers: the male has the lower caudal fin rays drawn out in a swordlike process …   English World dictionary

  • swordtail — /sawrd tayl , sohrd /, n. any of several small, brightly colored, viviparous, freshwater fishes of the genus Xiphophorus, native to Central America, having the lower part of the caudal fin elongated into a swordlike structure: often kept in… …   Universalium

  • swordtail — noun A species of freshwater fish, Xiphophorus hellerii Syn: green swordtail …   Wiktionary

  • swordtail — /ˈsɔdteɪl/ (say sawdtayl) noun (plural swordtail or swordtails) any of several small, viviparous, Mexican cyprinodont fishes of the genus Xiphophorus, commonly cultivated in home aquariums. Usage: For variation in the plural inflection, see note… …   Australian English dictionary

  • swordtail — noun a Central American freshwater fish popular in aquaria, the male of which has a tail with an elongated and brightly marked lower edge. [Xiphophorus helleri.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • swordtail — sword•tail [[t]ˈsɔrdˌteɪl, ˈsoʊrd [/t]] n. ich any freshwater fish of the Central American genus Xiphophorus: the male has a swordlike extension of the lower caudal fin • Etymology: 1925–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • swordtail — n. 1 a tropical fish, Xiphophorus helleri, with a long tail. 2 = horseshoe crab …   Useful english dictionary

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