noun bet·ta \ˈbe-tə\

Definition of betta

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of betta

New Latin, probably from Javanese waděr, a freshwater fish

First Known Use: 1887

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