silverfish

noun
sil·​ver·​fish | \ ˈsil-vər-ˌfish How to pronounce silverfish (audio) \

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

Examples of silverfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Examine these areas and seal them off from the silverfish. Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2021 As with most insects, traps exist to capture and kill silverfish. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 20 July 2021 Finding silverfish in your home is never a fun surprise, and like most pests, your goal should be to get rid of them as soon as possible. Samantha Lawyer, Country Living, 8 June 2021 But keep in mind that the blame may actually be on other bugs such as silverfish, crickets or beetles. Arkansas Online, 22 Feb. 2021 Many of the skeletons were mixed up, their labels faded or eaten by silverfish, and their origins were only traced through century-old correspondence and fading ledgers. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, 23 Aug. 2019 Currently, mackerel, silverfish, sardines and whitefish are some of the offerings. Halley Bondy, NBC News, 20 Aug. 2019 Their menu of choice includes ants, silverfish, beetle larvae, spiders, and even roaches. Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, 26 June 2018 Even nonhumans, such as bookworms (so called) and silverfish, that lurk around inside them are given consideration. John Glassie, New York Times, 1 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of silverfish

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Silverfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silverfish. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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