Definitions

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  • n. Any of several small fish that feed on mosquitoes, but especially those of the genus Gambusia

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A silvery topminnow (Gambusia affinis) with rows of black spots of tropical North America and West Indies; important in mosquito control.

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

  • n. silvery topminnow with rows of black spots of tropical North America and West Indies; important in mosquito control

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Examples

  • But I'll tell you one thing: In the quest to buff one's brag sheet, a lot of great books are read, dances are choreographed and in the case of Maryama Diaw and Marjana Chowdhury—a 16-year-old junior and a 17-year-old senior at the Young Women's Leadership School in East Harlem—eastern mosquitofish are dissected.

    Young in Age Only

  • You heard that right; the mosquitofish was merely a stand-in for the real thing.

    Young in Age Only

  • Asian swamp eels have eaten all the sunfish in some Georgia ponds, leaving only mosquitofish.

    Aliens Invade America!

  • Brought to China from the Philippines to eat mosquitoes, the mosquitofish has lately become a tyrant, spreading throughout the marshlands in southern China and driving several native aquatic species to the brink.

    Attack Of the Aliens

  • The only way to kill the mosquitofish is by dousing the water with rotenone -- a poison so potent it also kills almost everything else that swims.

    Attack Of the Aliens

  • This is documented for a host of species including salmon, cichlid fishes, squirrels, rats, guppies, mosquitofish, finches, and a host of plant species.

    Archive 2006-08-01

  • Female mosquitofish prefer mates that had a steady nutritional upbringing over those that suffered ...

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  • Kahn and his colleagues reared 365 newborn male mosquitofish, all of which were fed the same amount of food for their first week of life.

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  • Male mosquitofish -- an invasive species in Australia originally introduced to control mosquitoes -- born in a food-scarce environment will delay sexual maturation and undergo a period of accelerated growth when food becomes available.

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  • Female mosquitofish prefer mates that had a steady nutritional upbringing over those that suffered a poor start in life with a restricted diet, even though the male fish are physically similar in adulthood, a new study shows.

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