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

  • n. Any of several species of small, silvery, mainly tropical American marine fishes of the family Gerridae, having extremely protrusile mouths.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A perciform fish often used as bait.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any of certain basslike marine fishes (mostly of tropical seas, and having a deep, compressed body, protracile mouth, and large silvery scales) constituting the family Gerridæ, as Gerres plumieri, found from Florida to Brazil and used as food. Also, any of numerous other fishes of similar appearance but belonging to other families.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See moharra.

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

  • n. small silvery schooling fishes with protrusible mouths found in warm coastal waters

Etymologies

Spanish, knife, a kind of fish found off the coast of Spain, from Arabic muḥarrab, pointed, from ḥarraba, to sharpen, point, from ḥarba, lance, spear; see ḥrb in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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