silverfish


sil·ver·fish

noun \ˈsil-vər-ˌfish\

: a small silver-colored insect that does not have wings and that lives inside houses

Full Definition of SILVERFISH

1
:  any of various silvery fishes (as a tarpon or silverside)
2
:  any of various small wingless insects (order Thysanura); especially :  one (Lepisma saccharina) found in houses and sometimes injurious especially to sized papers or starched clothes

First Known Use of SILVERFISH

1703

silverfish

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Species (Lepisma saccharina) of quick-moving, slender, flat, wingless insect having three tail bristles and silvery scales. Silverfish are found worldwide. Females deposit fertilized eggs in cracks and hidden places. The hatched young are scaleless and have short appendages. Silverfish normally live indoors and, because they eat starchy materials (e.g., paste, bookbindings, and wallpaper), can cause much damage. They live two to three years and molt throughout life.

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