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go-by

[goh-bahy] /ˈgoʊˌbaɪ/
noun, Informal.
1.
a going by without notice; an intentional passing by; snub:
to give one the go-by.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; noun use of verb phrase go by

goby

[goh-bee] /ˈgoʊ bi/
noun, plural (especially collectively) goby (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) gobies.
1.
any small marine or freshwater fish of the family Gobiidae, often having the pelvic fins united to form a suctorial disk.
2.
any fish of the closely related family Eleotridae, having the pelvic fins separate.
Origin
1760-70; < Latin gōbius gudgeon (spelling variant of gōbiō or cōbius) < Greek kōbiós
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Examples for goby
  • The goby is a bottom-dwelling fish that aggressively defends its spawning sites located in rock and gravel habitats.
  • It is standing guard at its burrow-but the goby shares the burrow with a shrimp.
  • Post flood persistence and recolonization of endangered tidewater goby populations.
British Dictionary definitions for goby

goby

/ˈɡəʊbɪ/
noun (pl) -by, -bies
1.
any small spiny-finned fish of the family Gobiidae, of coastal or brackish waters, having a large head, an elongated tapering body, and the ventral fins modified as a sucker
2.
any other gobioid fish
Word Origin
C18: from Latin gōbius gudgeon, fish of little value, from Greek kōbios

go-by

noun
1.
(slang) a deliberate snub or slight (esp in the phrase give (a person) the go-by)
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Word Origin and History for goby
n.

kind of fish, 1769, from Latin gobius, from Greek gobios, name of a type of small fish, of unknown origin.

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