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snail darter

Syllabification: snail dart·er

Definition of snail darter in English:

noun

A small percoid freshwater fish of a type found in US rivers, now nearly extinct.
Example sentences
  • Environmentalists have had considerable success in the courts, most memorably in 1978, when the Supreme Court blocked - temporarily - construction of the Tellico Dam in Tennessee to preserve a tiny fish, the snail darter.
  • The general coloration of the snail darter is brown to brownish-gray with a trace of green above and mostly white below.
  • Most people know only one darter, Percina tanasi, the snail darter. Etnier is the man who made the snail darter famous, discovering what was then a new fish to science in 1973, just upstream of the all-but-complete Tellico Dam, which was being built by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

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