Definition of headstander in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhedˌstandər/


A small deep-bodied freshwater fish of the Amazon region, popular in aquariums. It swims and feeds at an oblique angle with the head down.
  • Genus Abramites, family Anostomidae: two species.
Example sentences
  • Despite all this the headstander was my favorite fish, and the last troublemaker to leave the tank.
  • Marbled headstanders are not rare, but they're only available at certain times of the year, so you don't tend to see them for sale very often.
  • This large group of fish are from Africa and central America some are shoaling species, which is 6 or more they include hatchetfish, pencilfish and tetras, headstanders and piranhas.

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Syllabification: head·stand·er

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