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Definition of DARTER

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Snakebird \Snake"bird`\, n. [So named from its snakelike neck.] (Zool.)
     1. Any one of four species of aquatic birds of the genus {Anhinga} or {Plotus}. They are allied to the gannets and cormorants, but have very long, slender, flexible necks, and sharp bills. [1913 Webster]

     Note: The American species ({Anhinga anhinga} syn. {Plotus anhinga}) inhabits the Southern United States and tropical America; -- called also {darter}, and {water turkey}. The Asiatic species ({Anhinga melanogaster}) is native of Southern Asia and the East Indies. Two other species inhabit Africa and Australia respectively. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Zool.) The wryneck.
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Darter \Dart"er\, n.
     1. One who darts, or who throw darts; that which darts. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Zool.) The snakebird, a water bird of the genus {Plotus};
        -- so called because it darts out its long, snakelike neck at its prey. See {Snakebird}. [1913 Webster]

     3. (Zool.) A small fresh-water etheostomoid fish. The group includes numerous genera and species, all of them American. See {Etheostomoid}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Etheostomoid \E`the*os"to*moid\, a. [NL. etheostoma name of a genus + -oid.] (Zo["o]l.) Pertaining to, or like, the genus {Etheostoma}. -- n. Any fish of the genus {Etheostoma} and related genera, allied to the perches; -- also called {darter}. The etheostomoids are small and often bright-colored fishes inhabiting the fresh waters of North America. About seventy species are known, including the rare {snail darter} ({Percina tanasi}), 3 inches long, found only in the Tennessee River and classified as a {threatened species}. See {Darter}. [1913 Webster]
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