snail darter

noun

Definition of snail darter

: a darter (Percina tanasi) of the Tennessee River drainage system of eastern Tennessee and northern Georgia

Examples of snail darter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The law caused all sorts of environmental showdowns in the 1970s and 1980s — most notoriously, the fight over the construction of the Tellico Dam in Tennessee, which threatened the tiny snail darter fish. Washington Post, "Butterfly on a bomb range: Endangered Species Act at work," 3 Dec. 2019 The snail darter survived, transplanted to other rivers. Rachel Riederer, The New Republic, "Can Rivers Be People Too?," 9 May 2018 Boyd writes that an appellate judge hearing the case stopped taking notes and wrote a limerick about the cheeky swimmer: Who can surpass the snail darter? Rachel Riederer, The New Republic, "Can Rivers Be People Too?," 9 May 2018

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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“Snail darter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snail%20darter. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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