bet·​ta | \ ˈbe-tə How to pronounce betta (audio) \

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

Examples of betta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Never mind that the usable life of most gadgets lasts about as long as the average betta fish, fated to swim around a glass bowl for a year or two until it is dumped, unceremoniously, down the toilet. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Nature Will Triumph—and Reclaim All Our Gadgets," 17 Jan. 2020 Maybe next to our deceased betta fish, under the redwood trees? Vanessa Hua,, "The wonder of silkworms, past and present," 5 July 2019 A domestic dispute in Connecticut ended with significant property damage, including a woman's betta fish being cut in half. Ajc Homepage, ajc, "Police: Man cuts girlfriend's betta fish in half during fight," 29 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of betta

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for betta

New Latin, probably from Javanese waděr, a freshwater fish

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The first known use of betta was in 1887

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31 Jan 2020

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“Betta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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