swim bladder

noun

: the air bladder of a fish

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Atlantic herring also produce FRT sounds, and video analysis showed an association with bubble expulsion from the anal duct region (i.e. from the gut or swim bladder). Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 19 May 2017 Most fish have a swim bladder, or a sac of air inside its body to keep buoyant. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 17 Aug. 2022 Its swim bladder is used in a traditional medicinal soup, according to NOAA. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 The totoaba has a swim bladder that is sometimes used in traditional Chinese medicine, said Barbara Fornssler, a senior scientist with NOAA Fisheries and another author of the paper. Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 6 May 2022 In Chinese cooking, fish maw -- the swim bladder of a fish -- is a delicacy alongside abalone and sea cucumber. Rachel Phua, CNN, 14 Mar. 2022 Fish maw, sometimes referred to as the swim bladder, is an organ that helps a fish control its buoyancy. Time, 17 Sep. 2021 The nets are set for totoaba, a fish whose swim bladder is a delicacy in China, and sells for thousands of dollars per pound (kilogram). Mark Stevenson, ajc, 15 July 2021 The nets are set for totoaba, a fish whose swim bladder is a delicacy in China, and sells for thousands of dollars per pound (kilogram). Mark Stevenson, ajc, 15 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of swim bladder was in 1837

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“Swim bladder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swim%20bladder. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

swim bladder

noun
: a gas-filled expandable sac in fish that serves especially to regulate buoyancy which allows fish to remain at different depths without sinking

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