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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A freshwater fish of the family Anabantidae, native to Africa and southeast Asia and including the gourami and climbing perch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of acanthopterygian fishes, type of the family Anabantidæ (which see).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the type genus of the family Anabantidae; small fish that resemble perch

Etymologies

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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