go·​by | \ ˈgō-bē How to pronounce goby (audio) \
plural gobies also goby

Definition of goby

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of numerous spiny-finned fishes (family Gobiidae) that usually have the pelvic fins united to form a ventral sucking disk

go by

went by; gone by; going by; goes by

Definition of go by (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: pass sense 3b as time goes by

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Examples of goby in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The sizeable sea creature was caught using a frozen round goby as bait, attached to a line that reached deep into the Detroit river, reports Mike Jordan for the Guardian. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 May 2021 But that assumption has proved wrong in the Benguela, at least, thanks to a 13-centimeter-long fish known as the bearded goby (Sufflogobius bibarbatus). David Biello, Scientific American, 15 July 2010 When healthy, small creeks and estuaries like Loma Alta provide a home for unusual species such as the tidewater goby, a native California fish less than 2 inches long. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Mar. 2021 At Pelican Island, find more than 140 species of birds (including the refuge’s namesake) as well as over 200 species of fish — including smalltooth sawfish sturgeon, pipefish, goby, tarpon, flounder, ladyfish, mackerel, bluefish, American eel. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, 4 Sep. 2020 The work reopened 10 miles of the upper watershed to salmon and steelhead and restored marsh habitat for the San Francisco garter snake, California red-legged frog and tidewater goby. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, 5 Nov. 2019 Numerous exotic fish, introduced by humans over the past century, compete for limited food and habitat with Puerto Rican species like the waterfall-climbing sirajo goby, the streamlined mountain mullet and the bigmouth sleeper, a top river predator. Alonso Ramirez, The Conversation, 17 Sep. 2019 Biologists are anxious to hear reports of the gobies any further upriver. oregonlive.com, 2 Aug. 2019 In the sample size of 74 fish representing 11 species, the invasive round goby had the highest concentrations, possibly from eating filter-feeding quagga mussels, which scientists suspect may be accumulating microplastics. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of goby


1769, in the meaning defined above


1508, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for goby


Latin gobius gudgeon, from Greek kōbios

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27 May 2021

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“Goby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goby. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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