Definition of betta
: any of a genus (Betta of the family Anabantidae) of small brilliantly colored long-finned freshwater bony fishes of southeastern Asia; especially : siamese fighting fish
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A domestic dispute in Connecticut ended with significant property damage, including a woman's betta fish being cut in half.
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Origin and Etymology of betta
New Latin, probably from Javanese waděr, a freshwater fish
First Known Use: 1887See Words from the same year
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