swordtail

noun
sword·​tail | \ ˈsȯrd-ˌtāl How to pronounce swordtail (audio) \

Definition of swordtail

: a small brightly marked Central American live-bearer (Xiphophorus helleri of the family Poeciliidae) often kept in tropical aquariums and bred in many colors

First Known Use of swordtail

1858, in the meaning defined above

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“Swordtail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swordtail. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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