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 state's Department of Conservation announced a comprehensive plan to protect the state's waterways from the spread of an extremely invasive fish species known as the round goby. Michael Hollan, Fox News, 15 Apr. 2022 Officials first discovered the round goby in the Hudson River near Troy, New York, in July 2021, according to a news release from the DEC. Michael Hollan, Fox News, 15 Apr. 2022 There are, however, some smaller bodies of water in Australia where this machine could be tested in a less complex system, such as the small ponds in the Edgbaston Conservation Area, home to the Edgbaston goby, a small, critically endangered fish. Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 17 Dec. 2021 The little goby has become the bane of lakeshore recreational anglers because the fish feast on smallmouth bass eggs and out-compete native species for food. jsonline.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Then came an infestation of a little bug-eyed fish called the round goby, which made its way into the lakes the same way as the mussels, and from the same place — the Caspian Sea basin. jsonline.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Along the lake bottom was another invasive species, Black said, the round goby — an invasive fish also from Eastern seas, now plentiful in Lake Michigan. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, 30 July 2021 Scientists are studying how the goby might give back to the food web; the fish are credited with reviving the Lake Erie water snake population. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, 30 July 2021 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 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Goby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goby. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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