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wiper

noun wip·er \ ˈwī-pər \
|Updated on: 14 Jun 2018

Definition of wiper

1 : a person who wipes
2 a : something (such as a towel or sponge) used for wiping
b : a moving contact for making connections with the terminals of an electrical device (such as a rheostat)
c : a usually motor-driven arm with a flexible blade for wiping a window (such as the windshield of an automobile or airplane)

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First Known Use of wiper

1552

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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wiper

noun

Definition of wiper

plural wipers
: a hybrid striped bass that is a cross between a female striped bass (Morone saxatilis) and a male white bass (Morone chrysops) and is silvery-white with dark usually discontinuous or irregular horizontal stripes along the sides
Note: The wiper has an aggressive nature and is bred chiefly as a sport fish for stocking lakes, streams, and reservoirs.
  • White bass and striped bass have solid stripes on their bodies. The hybrid fish, also called wipers or whiterock bass, have broken horizontal stripes, grow larger than white bass and are more tolerant of warm water than stripers.
  • —D'Arcy Egan
  • While wipers are far from unpalatable, their flesh is of a coarser texture and tastes a little more "fishy" than crappie or walleye fillets.
  • —Steve Davis
called also palmetto bass, whiterock bass; compare sunshine bass

Origin and Etymology of wiper

w- (from white bass) + (str)iper



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