Definitions

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  • n. Any fish of the genus Silurus; a sheatfish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of large malacopterygious fishes of the order Siluroidei. They inhabit the inland waters of Europe and Asia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Linnean genus of fishes, typical of the family Siluridæ, formerly corresponding to that family, now restricted to the European sheat-fish, S. glanis, and a few closely related species of Asia. See cut under Siluridæ.
  • n. A fish of this genus: as, the sly silurus.

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

  • n. type genus of the Siluridae: catfishes

Etymologies

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From the genus name.

Examples

  • In the neighbouring river one of my men succeeded, in few minutes, in catching sixty fish of the silurus species the hand alone.

    How I Found Livingstone

  • Bangwe, and even from Urundi, with their whitebait, which they called dogara, the silurus, the perch, and other fish; there were the palm-oil merchants, principally from Ujiji and Urundi, with great five-gallon pots full of reddish oil, of the consistency of butter; there were the salt merchants from the salt-plains of

    How I Found Livingstone

  • There were also collected by thousands those “candirus,” a kind of small silurus, of which many are microscopic, and which so frequently make a pincushion of the calves of the bather when he imprudently ventures into their haunts.

    Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon

  • Its lake is about two leagues in length by three quarters of a league in breadth, and is said to be the only lake in Switzerland where that voracious fish, the _silurus_, is found.

    A tour through some parts of France, Switzerland, Savoy, Germany and Belgium

  • It is fringed with trees and shrubs – poplar, tamarisk, rhododendron, agnus castus, apple of Sodom – and its waters contain a great many fish – various species of capocta, the barbus canis, the cyprinodon, and a kind of catfish (silurus).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • African and tropical, such as the eel-like silurus.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Other fishes -- the silurus, malapterurus, and so on -- are likewise endowed with electric batteries for stunning and capturing their prey.

    The Story of Electricity

  • The boys, however, managed to supplement the animal food with the birds that were shot, or knocked down with kiris; and fishing became a favourite pursuit in some one or other of the rocky pools in the river-beds that they had to cross, silurus and other kinds being frequently captured with a hook and line.

    Off to the Wilds Being the Adventures of Two Brothers

  • They were curious fish these silurus, and, of course in happy ignorance of the meaning of angling, readily took the bait thrown to them in the deep pools; but when hooked their behaviour was almost startling, from the tremendous rushes they made in all directions.

    Off to the Wilds Being the Adventures of Two Brothers

  • There were also collected by thousands those _ "candirus," _ a kind of small silurus, of which many are microscopic, and which so frequently make a pincushion of the calves of the bather when he imprudently ventures into their haunts.

    Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon

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