: a genus of tropical American saltwater and freshwater fishes comprising the four-eyed fishes, being closely related to the topminnows but constituting a separate family, and having the eyes divided into an upper and lower division by the growth of two processes of the iris across the pupil and a band of conjunctiva across the cornea, the upper part serving to see objects in the air, the lower part to see objects under water

Word History


New Latin, from Greek anableps-, stem of anablepein to look up, from ana- + blepein to look

First Known Use

1804, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Anableps was in 1804

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“Anableps.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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