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swim bladder

air bladder (def 2).
Origin of swim bladder
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The reproductive organs lie below the swim-bladder near the posterior end of the body-cavity.

  • Another instance of Evolution's proofs is the swim-bladder of fishes.

    The Other Side of Evolution Alexander Patterson
  • This will serve to help us to understand the swim-bladder and the way the fish came to acquire it as a substitute for a lung.

  • This is the swim-bladder, a float filled with air which tends to give the fish the same weight as the water it displaces.

  • But a long-continued fish noise would involve a swim-bladder of large size.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • Beneath the swim-bladder is a large cavity filled with various organs, collectively known as the viscera.

  • And cushioned as it is in an obese envelope and without issue, the swim-bladder cannot be a bagpipe or wind instrument.

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things Edmund Fillingham King
  • The swim-bladder has, also, been worked in as an accessory to the auditory organs of certain fishes.

    On the Origin of Species Charles Darwin
  • In others, as the gar-pike, the swim-bladder is quite vascular and opens by a tube into the throat.

    Evolution Joseph Le Conte
  • Some suppose it to proceed from the swim-bladder; but if that be the drum, what is the drumstick that beats upon it?

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things Edmund Fillingham King
British Dictionary definitions for swim-bladder

swim bladder

(ichthyol) another name for air bladder (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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swim-bladder in Science
swim bladder
See air bladder.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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