Fish-bellied

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Fish-bellied Bellying or swelling out on the under side; as, a fish-bellied rail.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fish-bellied Shaped like a fish's belly; swelling downward: as, a fish-bellied rail.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Fish-bellied swelled out downward like the belly of a fish
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Quotations

  • Andre Gide
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    “Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. Its their way of falling.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fisc; Ger. fisch; Ice. fiskr; L. piscis; Gr. ichthys; Gael. iasg.

Usage

In literature:

Scale and draw out the entrails of the fish without opening the belly, give them a wash, and let them drain from the water.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
We have now to consider Jonah securely housed from the storm in the fish's belly.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
But their skin remains green and fish-belly white.
"Astounding Stories, June, 1931" by Various
But his eyes, that were dead and white like the upturned belly of a fish, came suddenly to life.
"Brood of the Dark Moon" by Charles Willard Diffin
We other soldiers, if we wished to get our bellies full were compelled to catch shell and other fish ourselves.
"The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
The back of the fish is also blackish; its sides of a shining silvery hue; the belly white.
"Lachesis Lapponica" by Carl von Linné
The fish was directly above the egg-mass, seemingly touching the eggs with its belly.
"Fish Populations, Following a Drought, in the Neosho and Marais des Cygnes Rivers of Kansas" by James Everett Deacon
Nearly every time he fouled a small fish, mostly under the jaw or in the belly.
"The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies" by Frank Worthington
When he came to himself, he found that he was in the fish's belly, and also his canoe.
"Algic Researches, Comprising Inquiries Respecting the Mental Characteristics of the North American Indians, Vol. 1 of 2" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
The fish now floated with its belly upward, all life gone.
"The Mad Planet" by Murray Leinster
Fishing is good in the lakes of the Belly River country.
"Glacier National Park [Montana]" by United States Dept. of the Interior
Out of that swell there rose the gleaming belly of the great fish, the next moment the ropes hung limp against the ship!
"The Golden Rock" by Ernest Glanville
The fish, weakened and poisoned, float belly uppermost.
"The Confessions of a Poacher" by Anonymous
The poorly fed fish will have few or no spots, a drab belly, and muddy yellow sides.
"The Determined Angler and the Brook Trout" by Charles Bradford
A wound on the belly of the fish indicated that it had been bitten.
"Natural History of Cottonmouth Moccasin, Agkistrodon piscovorus (Reptilia)" by Ray D. Burkett
It is a favorite food and game-fish in the South, where it is known as red-breast bream and red-bellied perch.
"Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others" by James Alexander Henshall
Goes around with his hair all mutton-tallowed down an' a face that's pasty as a fish's belly.
"The Lone Ranger Rides" by Fran Striker
The press makes many hundred "fish-belly" sills every working day, and it pays its way.
"The Modern Railroad" by Edward Hungerford
One morning, before daylight had penetrated into the water, Grim catches a glimpse through it of the swarthy belly of the old fish.
"Grim: The Story of a Pike" by Svend Fleuron
Just then the fish showed its yellow belly and darted off again.
"When a Man's Single" by J. M. Barrie
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In poetry:

W'en de fish begin to nibble, an' de co'k begin to jump,
I 's erfeahed dat dey 'll quit bitin', case dey hyeah my hea't go "thump,"
'Twell de co'k go way down undah, an' I raise a awful shout,
Ez a big ol' yallah belly comes a gallivantin' out.
"Fishing" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Fish are floating belly up.
Emblazoned on the website was a large picture of a fish with some kind of design on its belly.
Trying to net fish tail first, or even belly first, is a losing proposition, as the fish can panic and swim out of the net .
What initially was suspected to be a sunfish turned out to be a red-bellied piranha - a predatory and ferocious fish normally found in South America.
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