• WordNet 3.6
    • n darter a person or other animal that moves abruptly and rapidly "squirrels are darters"
    • n darter fish-eating bird of warm inland waters having a long flexible neck and slender sharp-pointed bill
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Darter (Zoöl) A small fresh-water etheostomoid fish. The group includes numerous genera and species, all of them American. See Etheostomoid.
    • Darter One who darts, or who throw darts; that which darts.
    • Darter (Zoöl) The snakebird, a water bird of the genus Plotus; -- so called because it darts out its long, snakelike neck at its prey. See Snakebird.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n darter One who throws a dart.
    • n darter One who or that which springs or darts forward.
    • n darter In zoology: In ichth.: The archer-fish, Toxotes jaculator. One of the freshwater fishes of the United States constituting the subfamily Etheostominœ of the family Percidœ. All are of small size, and in general resemble the common yellow perch. The name is due to the fact that when disturbed they dart from their retreats, where they usually remain quiescent, on or near the bottom of streams.
    • n darter A fresh-water fish of the genus Uranidea and family Cottidœ: In ornith.: A bird of the genus Plotus and family Plotidœ.. P. anhinga is the black-bellied darter, snake-bird, or water-turkey: so called from the way it darts upon its prey on the wing. See snake-bird, Plotus, and cut under anhinga, plural The Plotidœ or snake-birds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Darter därt′ėr a genus of birds nearly allied to cormorants, heron-like in gait and gesture.
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In literature:

I just wish she was my darter.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
But to us the skilful seer unfolded the divine will of the Far-darter.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
Eliza's my youngest darter but two.
"Black, White and Gray" by Amy Walton
How be I ever a-goin' 'bout 'mongst the folks at the settlement agin with my darter married ter a Kittredge?
"His "Day In Court"" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
Besides these there are divers and darters in immense numbers.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
I hear my darter's a-going to have you for a neighbour.
"The Privet Hedge" by J. E. Buckrose
No woman that has growed-up darters needn't keep help if she's brung up her gals as she'd ought tew.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume IX (of X)" by Various
Niggers er marryin our darters?
"Hanover; Or The Persecution of the Lowly" by David Bryant Fulton
My darter Seraphiny will pay you when we get to her house.
"Ben, the Luggage Boy;" by Horatio Alger
Course we war all glad to see our darter.
"The Wit of Women" by Kate Sanborn

In poetry:

Says he, "Cheer hup, young JOE!
I'll tell you what I'm arter -
To that Fust Lord I'll go
And ax him for his darter.
"Joe Golightly - Or, The First Lord's Daughter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Says he, with seaman's roll,
"My Captain (wot's a Tartar)
Guv JOE twelve months' black-hole,
For lovering your darter.
"Joe Golightly - Or, The First Lord's Daughter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"My darter's no pratty young doll -
I'm a plain-spoken Zommerzet man -
Now what do 'ee mean by my POLL,
And what do 'ee mean by his ANN?
"The Force of Argument" by William Schwenck Gilbert
There was an Old Person of Sparta,
Who had twenty-one sons and one 'darter';
He fed them on snails,
And weighed them in scales,
That wonderful Person of Sparta.
"Limerick:There was an Old Person of Sparta" by Edward Lear
Huh daddy wants to beat huh, but huh mammy daihs him to,
Fu' she lookin' at de question f'om a ooman's pint o' view;
An' she say dat now she would n't have it diff'ent ef she could;
Dat huh darter only acted jes' lak any othah would.
"How Lucy Backslid" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

There is a species of fish I have never seen before, which looks like some sort of suckermouth or darter, but I cant find anything online about them.
William Ray "Bill" Darter , 75, of Toledo passed away Monday, July 23, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.
Almost two years ago, researchers from the Tennessee Aquarium and the US Fish and Wildlife captured several specimen of the Conasauga Logperch, one of the rarest darters in North America.
The Conasauga logperch is one of the rarest darters in North America.
Click image to enlarge Before obtaining or going to collect orangethroat darters , know and follow all wildlife laws in your state and the state in which you are collecting.
Have been making rounds in my area, but can't seem to find any chubby darters.
Offensive center Dazzie Morris epitomizes the Blue Darters work ethic and drive to succeed.
Helps Freshwater Land Trust pull invasive privet from endangered darter habitat.
Rick Darlington, regarded as equal part nurturer and competitor, used vast knowledge of various offenses to guide the Blue Darters to the Class 8A state championship game.
Cobleskilll college helps bring back baby gilt darters.
(AP) — Biologists have released about 1,200 baby gilt darters into the Allegheny River and Oswayo Creek in western New York as part of efforts to restore populations of the endangered fish.
Apopka running back Jevric Blocker has emerged this year as a Blue Darters leader.
Blue Darters football has helped many teens from South Apopka stay on the right track.
Snail Darter Shuts Down Dream.
"Literature, sportsmanship" Flypattern(s): The Foam Darter.