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mos·qui·to·fishor mosquito fish (mə-skē′tō-fĭsh′)
n. pl. mosquitofish or mos·qui·to·fish·es or mosquito fish or mosquito fish·es
Any of various fishes that feed on the larvae of mosquitoes, especially a small gambusia (Gambusia affinis) native to Mexico and the eastern United States but widely introduced elsewhere for use in controlling mosquitoes.
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n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
any of several fishes used for mosquito control, esp. Gambusia affinis, native to the southeast U.S.
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|Noun||1.||mosquitofish - silvery topminnow with rows of black spots of tropical North America and West Indies; important in mosquito control|
live-bearer, poeciliid, poeciliid fish, topminnow - small usually brightly-colored viviparous surface-feeding fishes of fresh or brackish warm waters; often used in mosquito control
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