silversides


silversides
/sil"veuhr suydz'/, n., pl. silversides.
any of several small fishes of the family Atherinidae, having a silvery stripe along each side, as Menidia menidia, inhabiting the Atlantic coast of the U.S.
Also, silverside.
[1850-55, Amer.; SILVER + SIDE1 + -S3]

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fish
also called  sand smelt, smelt, or whitebait,  

      any of several species of small, slim schooling fish of the family Atherinidae (order Atheriniformes), found in freshwater and along coasts around the world in warm and temperate regions.

      Silversides are named for the wide, silvery stripe usually present on each side. They have two dorsal fins and range in length to about 70 cm (28 inches). They are sometimes harvested for food.

      The grunion (Leuresthes tenuis), a small species (15 cm long) found along California coasts, is noted for its spawning runs. It breeds along beaches at night, coming ashore at high tide. The eggs are buried in the sand, and, at the next high tide, they hatch and the new young make their way into the sea.

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  • silversides — Atherine Ath er*ine, n. [NL. atherina, fr. Gr. ? a kind of smelt.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small marine fish of the family {Atherinid[ae]}, having a silvery stripe along the sides. The European species ({Atherina presbyter}) is used as food. The American… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • silversides — noun 1. the common North American shiner • Syn: ↑common shiner, ↑Notropis cornutus • Hypernyms: ↑shiner • Member Holonyms: ↑Notropis, ↑genus Notropis 2. small fishes …   Useful english dictionary

  • silversides — noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: 1851 silverside …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • silversides — n. rump of roast beef (British); any of several species of small fish from the family Atherinidae (characterized by silver stripes on each side) …   English contemporary dictionary

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