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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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  • Then there is the water-boatman, which always swims on its back.

  • The water-boatman (Nautonecta glauca) is a member of the same family, but is no use as food for the fish.

    Amateur Fish Culture Charles Edward Walker
  • Others, such as the water-boatman, water-scorpions and pond-skaters, are not of any value as food for the fish.

    Amateur Fish Culture Charles Edward Walker
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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