silverfish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n silverfish a silvery variety of Carassius auratus
    • n silverfish silver-grey wingless insect found in houses feeding on book bindings and starched clothing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Silverfish (Zoöl) A white variety of the goldfish.
    • Silverfish one of a variety of insects of the order Thysanura, especially Lepisma saccharina, which may infest houses, and eats starched clothing and sized papers. See Lepisma.
    • Silverfish (Zoöl) The tarpum.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n silverfish An artificial variety of the goldfish, Carassius auratas, more or less nearly colorless, or with silvery-white instead of red scales on much or all of the body.
    • n silverfish A sand-smelt or atherine; any fish of the family Atherinidæ: same as silversides.
    • n silverfish The bream Notemigonus chrysoleucus. See cut under shiner.
    • n silverfish The tarpon (or tarpum) or jewfish, Megalops atlanticus or M. thrissoides. Also sabalo, savanilla. See cut under tarpon.
    • n silverfish The characinoid Curimatus argenteus, inhabiting the fresh waters of Trinidad.
    • n silverfish Any species of Lepisma, as L. saccharina or L. domestica, a thysanurous insect occurring in houses and damaging books, wall-paper, etc. See Lepisma. Also called walking-fish, bristletail, fishtail, furniture-bug, silver-moth, silver-witch, shiner, and silvertail.
    • n silverfish A Tasmanian name for Carangus georgianus, of the family Carangidæ, the white or silver trevally. E. E. Morris, Austral English.
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Usage

In literature:

The one who had been a silverfish had snow-white hair of the finest texture and deep brown eyes.
"Glinda of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
The one who had been a silverfish had snow-white hair of the finest texture and deep brown eyes.
"Glinda of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
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In news:

Silverfish aren't only annoying, they're also destructive.
Silverfish aren't only annoying, they're also destructive.
We handle ants, roaches, silverfish, earwigs, spiders, termites and other unwanted "guests".
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