dart·​er ˈdär-tər How to pronounce darter (audio)
: any of numerous small North American freshwater bony fishes (especially genera Ammocrypta, Etheostoma, and Percina of the family Percidae)

Examples of darter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But on February 14, ODNR Communications Director Stephanie O’Grady told the Columbus Dispatch that most of the fish appeared to be suckers, darters, and sculpins. Travis Hall, Field & Stream, 27 Feb. 2023 Plater thinks creatures such as the darter alert us to the threat our actions pose to them and to ourselves. Robert Kunzig, Scientific American, 17 Oct. 2023 Still, no Maryland darters turned up, though five other darter species were present. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, 17 Nov. 2021 This cross between a bottle plug and a darter darts from side to side while maintaining the tight, seductive wiggle of a bottle plug. Jimmy Fee, Field & Stream, 13 Sep. 2023 Though there are many darters on the market, the subtle swimming action of the Yo-Zuri Mag Darter just seems more irresistible to surf-cruising stripers, perhaps because its natural swimming action mimics an unsuspecting baitfish better than other darters. Jimmy Fee, Field & Stream, 13 Sep. 2023 The darter's disappearance from the Pearl is largely the result of the Ross Barnett Reservoir near Jackson and small dams that regulate water flows into the West Pearl Navigation Waterway, according to Tulane University biologist and darter researcher Hank Bart. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, 23 Jan. 2021 In those situations, rig it externally on a traditional ball or darter head, though either will slightly dull its action. Pete M. Anderson, Field & Stream, 20 Mar. 2023 An estimated 3,500 fish -- such as minnows, darters and sculpin -- have died in creeks and rivers around the area, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 22 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of darter was in 1796

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“Darter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/darter. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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