from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fish of the family Anabantidæ, Anabas scandens. The gill-covers are the principal means by which the fish climbs. Also called climbing-perch. See Anabas.
- n. A gobioid fish of the north of New South Wales and of Queensland, Periophthalmus australis. Also called hopping-fish and skipper.
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The most celebrated of these is the _Anabas_, or "climbing-fish." an Indian fish, which not only can remain many days out of the water, but also amuses itself by climbing up the palm trees -- it is hard to say how -- and establishing itself in the little pools of water left by the rain at the roots of the leaves.