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n. pl. archerfish or arch·er·fish·es
Any of several fishes of the family Toxotidae that prey on insects by knocking them off vegetation with a jet of water shot from the mouth.


n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any freshwater percoid fish of the family Toxotidae of S and SE Asia and Australia, esp Toxotes jaculatrix, that catch insects by spitting water at them


(ˈɑr tʃərˌfɪʃ)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
a small fish, Toxotesjaculator, of SE Asia that catches spiders and insects by spitting drops of water at them and causing them to fall.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.archerfish - any of several small freshwater fishes that catch insects by squirting water at them and knocking them into the waterarcherfish - any of several small freshwater fishes that catch insects by squirting water at them and knocking them into the water; found in Indonesia and Australia
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean - any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
genus Toxotes, Toxotes - type genus of the Toxotidae
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This archerfish from Southeast Asia isn't satisfied by underwater snacks.
When archerfish hunt by precision spitting water into the air, they do a lot more with their mouths than put their lips together and blow.
For example, the archerfish has adapted to see above and below the water, now isn't that just fascinating?
THE archerfish preys on land-based insects, shooting them down by spitting water at them in Asian mangrove swamps.
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She was sunk the same month, before becoming operational, by the submarine USS Archerfish (SS 331).