killifish

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noun kil·li·fish \ˈki-li-ˌfish\

Definition of killifish

  1. 1 :  any of a family (Cyprinodontidae) of numerous small oviparous fishes much used as bait and in mosquito control

  2. 2 :  any of various live-bearers (family Poeciliidae)

Origin and Etymology of killifish

killie killifish (perhaps from 3kill) + fish


First Known Use: 1836


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