from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small, brightly colored, live-bearing freshwater fish (Xiphophorus helleri) of Central America, having a long tapering extension of the caudal fin in the male and popular in home aquariums.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A species of freshwater fish, Xiphophorus hellerii
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The limulus.
- n. Any hemipterous insect of the genus Uroxiphus, found upon forest trees.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A crustacean of the group Xiphosura, as the horseshoe- or king-crab. See cuts under horseshoe-crab and Limulus.
- n. Any bug of the genus Uroxiphus, as U. caryæ, the walnut swordtail.
- n. Same as sword-bearer .
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. freshwater fish of Central America having a long swordlike tail; popular aquarium fish
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One Activision Keystone Kapers cartridge for Atari 2600, borrowed by you, claimed lost, $19.99; one baseball bat shattered in anger, without apology after humiliating strikeout, $7.99; one green swordtail fish, leapt to its death after you opened aquarium lid, chased it with net, $0.79.
There's hope for the less-than-perfect male – if you're a swordtail fish, that is.
As the size and age of female swordtail fish increase, so does the preference for males with asymmetrical markings, according to a new Ohio University study.
As the size and age of female swordtail fish increases, so does the preference for males with asymmetrical markings, according to a new Ohio University study.
My mouth opened and closed, as if I was a swordtail fish in the belly of a Spline.
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In male swordtail fish, black melanoma splotches help lure females, suggesting that the usually deadly melanoma gene is conserved for its beneficial role in sexual selection ...
The authors placed a female swordtail in the middle of a tank with two partitions.
There’s hope for the less-than-perfect male — if you’re a swordtail fish, that is.