Definition of gambusia in English:

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gambusia

Pronunciation: /ɡamˈb(j)uːsɪə/

noun

A small live-bearing fish found in mangrove creeks and brackish waters of the southern US and northern Mexico.
  • Genus Gambusia, family Poecilidae: several species, in particular G. affinis, widely introduced for mosquito control (also called mosquito fish).
Example sentences
  • Dozens of small gambusia fish in each pool keep mosquitoes in check.
  • The gambusia can retreat to the pool during dry periods and then re-colonize other areas as the water returns.
  • If anything, the gambusias may be too small for the gar to bother with right now.

Origin

Modern Latin, alteration of American Spanish gambusino.

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