Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various small livebearing fish of the genus Gambusia that feed on mosquito larvae and are often used in mosquito control.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several freshwater fish, of the genus Gambusia, that feed on the larva of mosquitos, and are used to control them

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of fish including some of the mosquitofish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of cyprinodont fishes, containing such ovoviviparous killifishes as G. patruelis, known as the top-minnow, a common species in the lowland streams of the southern Atlantic States.

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

  • n. mosquitofish

Etymologies

New Latin Gambusia, genus name, from American Spanish gambusino.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The water also has been stocked with minnowlike mosquito fish, also called gambusia, which eat mosquito larvae.

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  • The unique mound springs are threatened by weed infestation, trampling by domestic stock and feral animals, and exotic fish species such as eastern gambusia (Gambusia holbrooki), and extraction of water from the Great Artesian Basin aquifer which leads to decline and extinction of springs.

    Simpson desert

  • The springs contain the only remaining populations of two small fish, the fountain darter and the San Marcos gambusia; the Texas blind salamander; the San Marcos salamander; the Comal Springs Riffle beetle, the Comal Springs Dryopid beetle, the Peck's cave amphipod, an invertebrate; and Texas wild-rice.

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  • In fact, the San Marcos gambusia hasn't been seen since the early 1980s and could already be extinct.

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  • To treat the pool, the inspectors added gambusia fish, which feed on the larvae.

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  • Wayne Wurtz holds a net containing gambusia affinis, a hardy freshwater fish that Gloucester County uses to reduce its mosquito population.

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  • Gloucester County is stocking retention basins with gambusia affinis, a hardy freshwater fish that feasts on mosquito larvae.

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  • Gloucester County officials say the gambusia fish has been used for 10 years and is an effective and environmentally sound tool for reducing the mosquito population.

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  • Wayne Wurtz, general supervisor of the Gloucester County Mosquito Control Division, releases gambusia affinis, a hardy freshwater fish that feasts on mosquito larvae, into a swamp in Greenwich.

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  • Besides anti-larvae chemicals, the municipal authorities were carrying out regular fogging operations and larvae-eating gambusia fish had been introduced in a pond near the games village where the athletes are to stay.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

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