any of a genus (Betta) of brightly colored gouramies of Southeast Asia, esp. a species (B. splendens) kept in aquariums
Origin of bettaModern Latin
Any of various species of small, brightly colored, long-finned freshwater fishes of the genus Betta of Southeast Asia, many of which, such as the Siamese fighting fish, are popular in home aquariums.
Origin of bettaNew Latin Betta, genus name, from Javanese wader bettah, a species of betta (Betta picta) of Java and Sumatra (wader, freshwater fish).
- Any fish of the genus Betta, especially Betta splendens (the Siamese fighting fish).
From the genus name.
- Eye dialect spelling of better (comparative of good).
- Eye dialect spelling of better (comparative of well).
- (slang) Eye dialect spelling of better (had better).