betta

noun bet·ta \ ˈbe-tə \

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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Origin and Etymology of betta

New Latin, probably from Javanese waděr, a freshwater fish


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