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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • (Zoöl.) An aquatic hemipterous insect of the genus Notonecta; -- so called from swimming on its back, which gives it the appearance of a little boat. Called also boat fly, boat insect, boatman, and water boatman.

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  • noun An aquatic hemipterous insect of the genus Notonecta; the water boatman.

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  • noun carnivorous aquatic bug having paddle-like hind legs

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