Share this entry

Share this page

killifish

Line breaks: killi|fish
Pronunciation: /ˈkɪlɪfɪʃ
 
/

Definition of killifish in English:

noun (plural same or killifishes)

A small toothcarp of fresh or brackish water, typically brightly coloured. They are mainly native to America and include many popular aquarium fishes.
Example sentences
  • Each year since 1960, more than 35 tropical American species of fishes, including catfishes, characins, electric fishes, killifishes, and cichlids, have been newly described and named.
  • Like other visitors, he sees the bustle of life around the mudflats from clams, snails, and crabs, to shorebirds and long-legged waders, and gobies and killifish in the shallows of the estuary.
  • The only primarily freshwater killifish in the Northeast is banded killifish.

Origin

early 19th century: apparently from kill1 and fish1.

Words that rhyme with killifish

filefishpipefish

Definition of killifish in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtɛnɪbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure