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1. One that moves suddenly and rapidly.
2. See anhinga.
3. Any of various small North American freshwater fishes of the family Percidae, chiefly of the genera Ammocrypta, Etheostoma, and Percina, and sometimes brightly colored.


1. (Animals) Also called: anhinga or snakebird any aquatic bird of the genus Anhinga and family Anhingidae, of tropical and subtropical inland waters, having a long slender neck and bill: order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, etc)
2. (Animals) any small brightly coloured North American freshwater fish of the genus Etheostoma and related genera: family Percidae (perches)


(ˈdɑr tər)

1. a person or thing that darts.
2. any of several small, darting, colorful North American perches.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.darter - fish-eating bird of warm inland waters having a long flexible neck and slender sharp-pointed billdarter - fish-eating bird of warm inland waters having a long flexible neck and slender sharp-pointed bill
pelecaniform seabird - large fish-eating seabird with four-toed webbed feet
genus Anhinga - type genus of the Anhingidae
Anhinga anhinga, water turkey - blackish New World snakebird of swampy regions
2.darter - a person or other animal that moves abruptly and rapidly; "squirrels are darters"
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
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