ar·​cher·​fish | \ ˈär-chər-ˌfish How to pronounce archerfish (audio) \

Definition of archerfish

: any of several small chiefly Asian bony fishes (genus Toxotes and especially T. ejaculator of the family Toxotidae) that catch insects by stunning them with water ejected from their mouths

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Recent Examples on the Web The scientists concluded that archerfish can assume the viewpoint of another archerfish to learn a difficult skill from a distance. Jonathan Balcombe, Scientific American, 1 May 2017 An archerfish can squirt water in a single shot or in a machine gun–like fusillade. Jonathan Balcombe, Scientific American, 1 May 2017 Using water as a projectile is only one of many foraging options for the archerfish. Jonathan Balcombe, Scientific American, 1 May 2017 Crazy archerfish that spray bugs off leaves to eat. Erica Boniface, The Know, 4 Jan. 2017 Complex, context-dependent decision strategies of archerfish, Toxotes chatareus. Mary Bates, WIRED, 19 Nov. 2013

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First Known Use of archerfish

1837, in the meaning defined above

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“Archerfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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