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

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Removing exotic species such as grass carp, armored catfish and tilapia can be helpful to a fishery. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Boat ramps a gateway to fun or frustration," 28 June 2018 In response, the state has authorized stocking 10,200 grass carp in Ramsey Creek this spring, Duke Energy spokeswoman Kim Crawford said Thursday. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Invasive weed known as ‘serial killer of eagles’ back in Lake Norman | Charlotte Observer," 15 Feb. 2018 Since the mid-2000s, the Lake Norman Marine Commission has treated outbreaks of the weed by adding thousands grass carp to the waters. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Invasive weed known as ‘serial killer of eagles’ back in Lake Norman | Charlotte Observer," 15 Feb. 2018 But recent surveys have found grass carp eggs in Great Lakes waterways. Washington Post, "Evidence of invasive grass carp signals threat to Lake Erie," 23 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of grass carp

1885, in the meaning defined above

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