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swordtail

[sawrd-teyl, sohrd-] /ˈsɔrdˌteɪl, ˈsoʊrd-/
noun
1.
any of several small, brightly colored, viviparous, freshwater fishes of the genus Xiphophorus, native to Central America, having the lower part of the caudal fin elongated into a swordlike structure: often kept in aquariums.
Also called helleri.
Origin of swordtail
1925-1930
1925-30; sword + tail1
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swordtail

/ˈsɔːdˌteɪl/
noun
1.
any of several small freshwater cyprinodont fishes of the genus Xiphophorus, esp X. helleri, of Central America, having a long swordlike tail
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