medaka

noun
me·​da·​ka | \ mə-ˈdä-kə How to pronounce medaka (audio) \

Definition of medaka

: a small Japanese freshwater fish (Oryzias latipes) usually silvery brown in the wild but from pale yellow to deep red in aquarium strains

Examples of medaka in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also known as Japanese rice fish, medaka are small, freshwater fish native to Japan. Danny Lewis, Smithsonian, "Fish Don’t Do So Well in Space," 16 Jan. 2017 Since humans and medaka grow their skeletons in similar ways, that gives scientists a good starting point to figure out how the process actually occurs, Byrne reports. Danny Lewis, Smithsonian, "Fish Don’t Do So Well in Space," 16 Jan. 2017 Since humans and medaka grow their skeletons in similar ways, that gives scientists a good starting point to figure out how the process actually occurs, Byrne reports. Danny Lewis, Smithsonian, "Fish Don’t Do So Well in Space," 16 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of medaka

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for medaka

Japanese

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“Medaka.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/medaka. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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