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killifish

[kil-ee-fish] /ˈkɪl iˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) killifish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) killifishes.
1.
any of several small, oviparous cyprinodont fishes, especially of the genus Fundulus, found in salt, brackish, and fresh waters.
2.
any of several livebearers.
Also called killie [kil-ee] /ˈkɪl i/ (Show IPA).
Compare least killifish.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15, Americanism; perhaps kill2 + -i- (unexplained) + fish
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killifish

/ˈkɪlɪˌfɪʃ/
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
1.
any of various chiefly American minnow-like cyprinodont fishes of the genus Fundulus and related genera, of fresh and brackish waters: used as aquarium fishes, to control mosquitoes, and as anglers' bait
Word Origin
C19: see kill², fish
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