swim bladder

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n swim bladder an air-filled sac near the spinal column in many fishes that helps maintain buoyancy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Swim bladder an air bladder of a fish.
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Usage

In literature:

Several bladder-nosed seals were seen swimming in the water, and one was shot, an immense creature more than eleven feet long.
"The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales" by Arthur Conan Doyle
PEDIGREE, n. The known part of the route from an arboreal ancestor with a swim bladder to an urban descendant with a cigarette.
"The Devil's Dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce
For instance, a swim-bladder has apparently been converted into an air-breathing lung.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
For instance, a swim-bladder has apparently been converted into an air-breathing lung.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
Marsyas and from their bladders spouted a highly seasoned sauce upon fish which were swimming about as if in a tide-race.
"The Satyricon, Volume 6 (Editor's Notes)" by Petronius Arbiter
Marsyas and from their bladders spouted a highly seasoned sauce upon fish which were swimming about as if in a tide-race.
"The Satyricon, Complete" by Petronius Arbiter
Here goes, for a swim on the stream of old Time, On those buoyant supporters the bladders of rhyme.
"Life of Lord Byron, Vol. III" by Thomas Moore
But in reality it has no gills and no swim-bladder; it lays no eggs; it does not own one truly fish-like organ.
"Falling in Love" by Grant Allen
For instance, a swim-bladder has apparently been converted into an air-breathing lung.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
Does he float on wind bills, as boys swim on bladders?
"My Schools and Schoolmasters" by Hugh Miller
Several bladder-nosed seals were seen swimming in the water, and one was shot, an immense creature more than eleven feet long.
"The Dealings of Captain Sharkey" by A. Conan Doyle
You may "swim on bladders" at Nahant and Rockaway till you are gray, and be never the wiser.
"Pencillings by the Way" by N. Parker Willis
The air sac has become a swim bladder.
"The Elements of Geology" by William Harmon Norton
Bony fishes with air passage to the swimming bladder (Physostomi); 25.
"The History of Creation, Vol. II (of 2)" by Ernst Haeckel
The reproductive organs lie below the swim-bladder near the posterior end of the body-cavity.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg
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In news:

Gobies lack a swim bladder and simply "hop" around rockpiles, balancing on their laughably-sized pectoral fins.
What we call ' swim bladder disease' is more a syndrome than a specific disease.
Identifying and Treating Swim Bladder "Disease".
Its distended gut tells you the swim bladder is inflated, which prevents it from submerging and swimming to the depths.
DAVID SIKES/CALLER-TIMES We did not weigh or measure this bull drum before releasing air from its swim bladder and releasing the fish.
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