silverfish

noun sil·ver·fish \ ˈsil-vər-ˌfish \
Updated on: 6 Nov 2017

Definition of silverfish

1 : any of various silvery fishes (such as a tarpon or silverside)
2 : any of various small wingless insects (order Thysanura); especially : one (Lepisma saccharina) found in houses and sometimes injurious especially to sized papers or starched clothes

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First Known Use of silverfish

1703


SILVERFISH Defined for English Language Learners

silverfish

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Definition of silverfish for English Language Learners

  • : a small silver-colored insect that does not have wings and that lives inside houses


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