Definition of gambusia in English:


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Pronunciation: /gamˈb(j)uːsɪə


  • 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)
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    • 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.


modern Latin, alteration of American Spanish gambusino.

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