mud·​skip·​per ˈməd-ˌski-pər How to pronounce mudskipper (audio)
: any of several Asian and African gobies (genera Periophthalmus and Boleophthalmus) that are able to skip about actively over wet mud and sand

Examples of mudskipper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The unusual looking mudskipper has a startling face, and a fascinating backstory. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 24 Apr. 2023 Environment Science Two mudskippers fighting in shallow waters at Mai Po Nature Reserve in Hong Kong. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 24 Apr. 2023 This isn’t necessarily unique to mudskippers, though. Sofia Quaglia, Discover Magazine, 9 May 2023 Strangely enough, mudskipper’s blink lasts roughly the same length of time as a human’s. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 24 Apr. 2023 Other species of fish, such as the mudskipper, can get around out of the water using just their front fins as walking sticks or with a less than elegant full body wiggle, but the cave angel fish, and perhaps nearly a dozen of its brethren, are the only ones to use a four-finned gait, per the Times. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Sep. 2020 Combined with their rigid trunk, these new findings lead Clack and her colleagues to conclude that the best living analogy for Ichthyostega is a mudskipper. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 23 May 2012 The closest living analogue is probably the mudskipper – a fish that drags itself along muddy land with its front fins (as in the video below). Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 23 May 2012 Enter the mudskipper — a rather unique group of over 30 different species of fish that love to just get out the water and roam around on the land. Geoff Webb, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mudskipper was in 1860

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“Mudskipper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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