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silverfish

Syllabification: sil·ver·fish
Pronunciation: /ˈsilvərˌfiSH
 
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Definition of silverfish in English:

noun (plural same or silverfishes)

1A chiefly nocturnal silvery bristletail that frequents houses and other buildings, feeding on starchy materials.
  • Lepisma saccharina, family Lepismatidae
Example sentences
  • Ants and insects including silverfish, woolly bears, earwigs and spiders can be tackled with products from hardware shops.
  • The owner of a ‘filthy’ Hull bakery which was found to have an infestation of ants, silverfish and grain beetle has been fined £6,000 for a catalogue of offences that could have led to serious food poisoning.
  • Borates are the most effective treatment for many crawling insects including, roaches, silverfish, larder beetles, carpenter ants, and other woodborers, as well as wood decay organisms.
2A silver-colored fish, especially a variety of goldfish.
Example sentences
  • But during studies of the foraging behavior of Weddell seals, the researchers acquired considerable data on two important fish species: the Antarctic silverfish and the Antarctic toothfish.
  • In addition Pleuragramma antarcticum, the Antarctic silverfish, is the primary fish prey for both predators.
  • The sun had set and looking up through the water we could see the moon's rays filtering in and giving the water an eerie silverfish glow.

Words that rhyme with silverfish

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