grass carp

noun

Definition of grass carp

: an herbivorous cyprinid fish (Ctenopharyngodon idella) of eastern Asia that has been introduced elsewhere to control aquatic weeds

called also white amur

Examples of grass carp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Asian carp, which included 40 silver carp and 11 grass carp, were collected by commercial fishermen using seines to target buffalo and common carp. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Catch of 51 Asian carp in Mississippi River near La Crosse is largest in Wisconsin or Minnesota waters," 13 Mar. 2020 Those species include silver carp, bighead carp, grass carp and black carp. Frank Sargeant, al, "Outdoors notebook: Alabama deer season winds down," 6 Feb. 2020 And while common carp have a generally poor reputation among anglers, grass carp are a whole other critter. Frank Sargeant, al, "Hey, anglers, it’s time to go ‘fishing for squirrels’ in north Alabama," 9 Oct. 2019 The black carp's head is also more narrow and more cone-shaped than that of the grass carp. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "This fish was caught in the Ohio River. If it makes it to Indiana, it could wreak havoc.," 10 Oct. 2018 Flooding of outdoor ponds is one theory as to how grass carp escaped captivity. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "The Great Lakes could be on the ‘edge of an invasion’ by a little-discussed species of Asian carp," 21 June 2019 On June 7, a 32-pound grass carp was found in Lake Calumet. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "The Great Lakes could be on the ‘edge of an invasion’ by a little-discussed species of Asian carp," 21 June 2019 The pond, in Westminster City Park, off of West 104th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard, is stocked with grass carp, channel catfish, bluegill and largemouth bass, said Jonathan Thornton, a city spokesman. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Hundreds of dead fish found in Westminster City Park Pond," 20 June 2019 Black carp look similar to grass carp — so much so that there is no reliable method to tell them apart based on physical characteristics. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "This fish was caught in the Ohio River. If it makes it to Indiana, it could wreak havoc.," 10 Oct. 2018

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1885, in the meaning defined above

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“Grass carp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grass%20carp. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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