water boatman


: any of various oval flattened aquatic bugs (family Corixidae) of fresh or brackish water with fringed hind legs modified into paddles

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Recent Examples on the Web Sueur also has an idea about why the water boatman’s song is so loud. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 7 Feb. 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of water boatman was in 1815

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“Water boatman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20boatman. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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