• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Atherine (Zoöl) A small marine fish of the family Atherinidæ, having a silvery stripe along the sides. The European species (Atherina presbyter) is used as food. The American species (Menidia notata) is called silversides and sand smelt. See Silversides.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n atherine A fish of the genus Atherina; a sand-smelt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Atherine ath′er-īn a genus of small fishes, allied to the Gray Mullet family, abundant in the Mediterranean—one species (Atherina presbyter), found on the south coast of England, is often sold as a smelt.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. atherina, fr. Gr. a kind of smelt
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


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