pupfish

noun

pup·​fish ˈpəp-ˌfish How to pronounce pupfish (audio)
: any of several killifishes (genus Cyprinodon of the family Cyprinodontidae) especially of warm streams and springs of the western U.S.

Examples of pupfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And yet, improbably, Devils Hole pupfish are thriving. Alexander Nazaryan, New York Times, 9 May 2024 Some pupfish could die if Imperial farmers send less Colorado River water onto their fields, resulting in less runoff. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2024 Before the mid-1990s, scientists counted roughly 200 to 250 Devils Hole pupfish every spring. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 9 May 2024 If the pupfish census does not seem especially impressive, consider that there were only 35 pupfish left in Devils Hole in 2013, prompting worries about extinction. Alexander Nazaryan, New York Times, 9 May 2024 There were 191 observable pupfish, the highest spring count recorded since March 1999. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 9 May 2024 Living in Santa Barbara without a car (by choice as well as necessity, though not the most practical decision in a part of the world where mass transit is as rare as the desert pupfish), Perlin would take the bus with his then five-year-old son to the UCSB campus for after-school activities. Eugene Linden, TIME, 21 Apr. 2024 The pupfish are known for their ability to live in extreme conditions, including a wide range of water temperatures and salinity levels. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2024 The Devils Hole pupfish are the rarest fish in the world. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pupfish was in 1949

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“Pupfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pupfish. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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