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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various fishes having silvery scales, such as a tarpon or silverside.
  • n. A small silvery or gray bristletail (Lepisma saccharina) that feeds on the starchy material in bookbindings, wallpaper, clothing, and food, often causing extensive damage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small wingless insect with silvery scales, a type of bristletail.
  • n. The tarpum.
  • n. A white variety of the goldfish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. The tarpum.
  • n. A white variety of the goldfish.
  • n. one of a variety of insects of the order Thysanura, especially Lepisma saccharina, which may infest houses, and eats starched clothing and sized papers. See Lepisma.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An artificial variety of the goldfish, Carassius auratas, more or less nearly colorless, or with silvery-white instead of red scales on much or all of the body.
  • n. A sand-smelt or atherine; any fish of the family Atherinidæ: same as silversides.
  • n. The bream Notemigonus chrysoleucus. See cut under shiner.
  • n. The tarpon (or tarpum) or jewfish, Megalops atlanticus or M. thrissoides. Also sabalo, savanilla. See cut under tarpon.
  • n. The characinoid Curimatus argenteus, inhabiting the fresh waters of Trinidad.
  • n. Any species of Lepisma, as L. saccharina or L. domestica, a thysanurous insect occurring in houses and damaging books, wall-paper, etc. See Lepisma. Also called walking-fish, bristletail, fishtail, furniture-bug, silver-moth, silver-witch, shiner, and silvertail.
  • n. A Tasmanian name for Carangus georgianus, of the family Carangidæ, the white or silver trevally. E. E. Morris, Austral English.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a silvery variety of Carassius auratus
  • n. silver-grey wingless insect found in houses feeding on book bindings and starched clothing

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