Definition of archerfish in English:

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archerfish

Pronunciation: /ˈärCHərˌfiSH/

noun (plural same or archerfishes)

A freshwater fish that knocks insect prey off overhanging vegetation by spitting water at it. It is native to Asia, Australia, and the Philippines.
  • Genus Toxotes, family Toxotidae: several species, in particular T. jaculator.
Example sentences
  • By shooting jets or bullets of water, and correcting for light refraction, archerfishes knock insects down to the water surface and quickly consume them.
  • Colisa uses the same technique as archerfishes to prey on insects just above the water.
  • Banded archerfish have a deep laterally-compressed body with a flattened head and back.

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Syllabification: ar·cher·fish

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