mudskipper

noun
mud·​skip·​per | \ ˈməd-ˌski-pər How to pronounce mudskipper (audio) \

Definition of mudskipper

: 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 Subscriber exclusive: To understand how mudskippers reproduce, scientists have to get dirty This newsletter has been curated and edited by David Beard, with photo selections by Eslah Attar. National Geographic, "Who decides the freedom of America's wild horses?," 20 Feb. 2020 Thus the science of the many species of mudskippers is incomplete—and some of what’s known is a bit odd. National Geographic, "To understand how mudskippers reproduce, scientists need to get dirty," 6 Feb. 2020 There are drops of oil that appear to float above a petri dish, an ethereal lunar halo, a strangely beautiful abstract image of decay and two weird little mudskippers duking it out with their mouths wide open in Hong Kong's Mai Po wetlands. Aj Willingham, CNN, "A host of holiday suggestions, a pageant milestone and therapy chickens!," 14 Dec. 2019 But mudskippers use their eyes to watch for predators on land or in the sky. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Newly discovered strange 'grinning' crocodile-like creature lived 372 million years ago," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of mudskipper

1860, in the meaning defined above

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“Mudskipper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mudskipper. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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