American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A freshwater fish of the family Anabantidae, native to Africa and southeast Asia and including the gourami and climbing perch.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of acanthopterygian fishes, type of family Anabantidæ (which see). Anabas scandens is the celebrated climbing-fish of India, about 6 inches long, which is enabled by the peculiar modification of the branchial apparatus to live a long time out of water, to proceed some distance on dry land, and to climb trees for a distance of about 6 or 7 feet. See
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A genus of fishes, remarkable for their power of living long out of water, and of making their way on land for considerable distances, and for climbing trees; the climbing fishes.
- n. the type genus of the family Anabantidae; small fish that resemble perch
- Greek anabās, aorist participle of anabainein, to go up, climb; see anabaena. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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