archerfish

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noun ar·cher·fish \ ˈär-chər-ˌfish \

Definition of archerfish

:any of several small East Indian 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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1837


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