back·​swim·​mer | \ ˈbak-ˌswi-mər How to pronounce backswimmer (audio) \

Definition of backswimmer

: an aquatic bug (family Notonectidae) that swims on its back

Examples of backswimmer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But these aquatic water scavenger beetles do not swim like the backswimmer or the larvae. New York Times, 26 July 2021 The 0.01-inch-long water flea is able to change its body into a bigger (and thus more inedible) shape when threatened by a predator, like the tiny backswimmer, says Anne Estes, a microbiologist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. National Geographic, 12 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of backswimmer

1807, in the meaning defined above

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

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