archerfish

noun
ar·cher·fish | \ˈär-chər-ˌfish \

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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The scientists concluded that archerfish can assume the viewpoint of another archerfish to learn a difficult skill from a distance. Jonathan Balcombe, Scientific American, "Fishes Use Problem-Solving and Invent Tools," 1 May 2017 An archerfish can squirt water in a single shot or in a machine gun–like fusillade. Jonathan Balcombe, Scientific American, "Fishes Use Problem-Solving and Invent Tools," 1 May 2017 Using water as a projectile is only one of many foraging options for the archerfish. Jonathan Balcombe, Scientific American, "Fishes Use Problem-Solving and Invent Tools," 1 May 2017 Crazy archerfish that spray bugs off leaves to eat. Erica Boniface, The Know, "Stir-crazy kids? 13 indoor fun options in Colorado you have to try," 4 Jan. 2017 Complex, context-dependent decision strategies of archerfish, Toxotes chatareus. Mary Bates, WIRED, "Spit Decision: How Archerfish Decide," 19 Nov. 2013

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1837, in the meaning defined above

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