from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several fishes of the family Gobiidae, especially of the genus Periophthalmus, that are found along the western coast of tropical Africa and in the Indo-Pacific region and are able to survive out of water and maneuver on land.
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- n. Any of various gobies of the subfamily Oxudercinae that are able to survive out of water by breathing through their skins and having strong pectoral fins that act as simple legs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. found in tropical coastal regions of Africa and Asia; able to move on land on strong pectoral fins
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But in reading this account, weren’t you struck by how cavalierly the news agency threw out the term mudskipper?
If you’re lucky, you may see a fish called the mudskipper climbing on the roots, using its tail and fins as a makeshift set of legs.
A better example than the mudskipper would be the coelacanths, or lobe-fin fish which, along with lungfish, diverged about the same time as tetrapods (as supported by genetic evidence).
But if he's a fish out of water, then Baker is something of a mudskipper, a fish that also walks on land.
Hey Henry, is what a mudskipper walks on a fin or a foot?
Her mouth opened and closed like a mudskipper as she bleated confusedly, Lord Mountrachet?
They usually lose these kinds of challenges to a marathoner, to a parkour..er, to a mudskipper, and the way their frustration mixes with genuine admiration is part of the fun.
The recent Guinness commercial with the Neandertals, dinosaurs, and the little mudskipper was much better.
I suddenly felt, well, terribly old as I watched a mudskipper hopping along with what now seemed to me like a wonderful sense of hopeless, boundless, naive optimism.
There's one fish that existed about 350 million years ago which was very like a mudskipper.