goldfish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n goldfish small golden or orange-red freshwater fishes of Eurasia used as pond or aquarium fishes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A pregnant goldfish is called a twit
    • n Goldfish (Zoöl) A small domesticated cyprinoid fish (Carassius auratus); -- so named from its color. It is a native of China, and is said to have been introduced into Europe in 1691. It is often kept as an ornament, in small ponds or glass globes. Many varieties are known. Called also golden fish, and golden carp. See Telescope fish, under Telescope.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds
    • n goldfish A fish of the carp family Cyprinidæ, Cyprinus or Carassius auratus, originally a Chinese species, now domesticated and bred everywhere for ornament in ponds, tanks, and aquariums. The rich red, golden, silver, black, and other colors are artificially produced; and propagated by selection; in a state of nature the fish is of a dull olivaceous green, to which it tends to revert if left to itself on escaping from cultivation.
    • n goldfish Same as garibaldi, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Goldfish have a memory span of 3 seconds
    • Goldfish a Chinese and Japanese fresh-water fish, nearly allied to the carp—in its native waters it is brownish, but when domesticated becomes golden-yellow
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gold; Ice. gull, Ger. gold, Goth. gulth, Russ. zlato, Gr. chrysos.

Usage

In literature:

Every fountain or artificial water basin ought to be so stocked, if it is only with goldfish.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)" by Various
You know that thin, white stuff, which resembles sheets of paper, that they give goldfish to eat.
"The Gay Rebellion" by Robert W. Chambers
SAUVIGNY, varieties of the goldfish, i.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
A bowl with a goldfish in it stood on the table, but Mr. Wicker was not to be seen.
"Mr. Wicker's Window" by Carley Dawson
Our idea of November sport with the rod is sniggling for goldfish in the conservatory.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, November 18, 1914" by Various
Jon was out of his goldfish bowl and striding toward his own igloo adjacent to the service station when a Steel-Blue accosted him.
"Acid Bath" by Vaseleos Garson
It was to me novel sport chasing those lazy old goldfish round the tank.
"Japan" by Dorothy Menpes
He had no more idea than a goldfish what a volcano or a rock looked like, but he wanted desperately to help.
"Freudian Slip" by Franklin Abel
It made him feel something like a goldfish.
"Voyage To Eternity" by Milton Lesser
MY DEAR YOUNG FRIENDS: I have here an aquarium with a few very pretty goldfishes in it.
"With the Children on Sunday" by Sylvanus Stall
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In poetry:

But catnip she would eat, and purr,
But catnip she would eat, and purr.
And goldfish she did much prefer—
Mew, mew, mew.
"The Mysterious Cat" by Vachel Lindsay
What can I do with this bayonet?
Make a rose bush of it?
Poke it into the moon?
Shave my legs with its silver?
Spear a goldfish?
No. No.
"Bayonet" by Anne Sexton
Frost upon small rain—the ebony-lacquered avenue
Reflecting lamps as a pool shows goldfish.
The sight suddenly emptied out of the young man's eyes
Entering upon it sideways.
"Arterial" by Rudyard Kipling
I'd hate to be a goldfish, snooping round a crystal globe,
A naughty little bold fish, that distains chemise of robe.
The public stare I couldn't bear, if naked as a stone,
And when my toilet I prepare, I'd rather be alone.
"Resignation" by Robert W Service

In news:

Too early for Cheetos and Goldfish.
For 50 years, Goldfish crackers have been a staple of kids' diets.
A Colorado lawsuit claims Goldfish crackers shouldn't be labeled as "natural" because they contain genetically engineered soybean oil.
MOSCOW – Most primary school classes get a goldfish to keep, a hamster or a turtle if they're lucky -- but children from one village in southern Russia got to play with a lion cub .
MOSCOW—Most primary school classes get a goldfish to keep, a hamster or a turtle if they're lucky—but children from one village in southern Russia got to play with a lion cub .
Most primary school classes get a goldfish to keep, a hamster or a turtle if they're lucky _ but children from one village in southern Russia got to play with a lion cub .
MOSCOW (AP) — Most primary school classes get a goldfish to keep, a hamster or a turtle if they're lucky — but children from one village in southern Russia got to play with a lion cub .
M ost primary school classes get a goldfish to keep, a hamster or a turtle if they're lucky - but children from one village in southern Russia got to play with a lion cub .
Published Thursday, Nov 29, 2012, at 6:52 a.m. MOSCOW — Most primary school classes get a goldfish to keep, a hamster or a turtle if they're lucky - but children from one village in southern Russia got to play with a lion cub .
Most primary school classes get a goldfish to keep, a hamster or a turtle if they're lucky - but children from one village in southern Russia got to play with a lion cub .
Pope's 'sensitive soul' revealed in children's book about the goldfish he feeds each day.
Should an HOA be able to stop me from buying my 3-year-old daughter a goldfish for Christmas.
'Goldfish' meatloaf is fun, easy to make and perfect for picky little eaters.
Goldfish Oyster Bar & Restaurant.
On a trip to PetSmart yesterday to get a new goldfish for my son Jack, I was dismayed to find a tank filled with Pacu.
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