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water boatman

noun
1.
any of numerous aquatic insects of the family Corixidae, having paddlelike hind legs.
Also called boat bug.
Origin of water boatman
1805-1815
1805-15
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  • We like to think of the water boatman cheerily rowing about and diving among the reflections of the trees.

    Pond and Stream Arthur Ransome
  • Now, Mr. water boatman, we are going to have a good look at you.

    The Insect Folk Margaret Warner Morley
  • The water boatman swims upon his back by means of his singularly formed legs.

  • Nell wants to know if the water boatman has a thorax and an abdomen.

    The Insect Folk Margaret Warner Morley
  • The water boatman is much more compact in form than the Orthoptera, or any of the other insects we have studied.

    The Insect Folk Margaret Warner Morley
  • That oval beetle which is swimming on its back, and using two legs like oars, is the water boatman.

    The Swan and Her Crew George Christopher Davies
  • Unlike the water boatman, however, its back is not flat but is shaped like the keel of a boat.

    The Insect Folk Margaret Warner Morley
  • The water boatman breathes by spiracles, and carries his supply of air with him.

    The Insect Folk Margaret Warner Morley
  • The insect known as the water boatman has a regular pair of oars, his legs being used as such.

British Dictionary definitions for water boatman

water boatman

noun
1.
any of various aquatic bugs of the families Notonectidae and Corixidae, having a flattened body and oarlike hind legs, adapted for swimming
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