nounpl. -·bies or -·by
any of a family (Gobiidae) of small, predatory, spiny-finned percoid fishes of tropical and subtropical seas: the pelvic fins are united as a suction disk that clings to rocky surfaces
Origin of gobyClassical Latin gobio, gobius, gudgeon from Classical Greek k?bios
nounpl. goby, or go·bies
Any of numerous usually small spiny-finned fishes of the family Gobiidae, having the pelvic fins united to form a suction disk.
Origin of gobyLatin gōbius gudgeon from Greek kōbios perhaps akin to Akkadian kuppû an eel-like fish
(plural goby or gobies)
- Any of various small fish from the large family Gobiidae, in which the pelvic fins are fused to form a disc-shaped sucker.
- A gudgeon, such as Gobio gobio.
From Latin gobius (“gudgeon”), from Ancient Greek κωβιός (kōbios), a type of small fish, of unknown ultimate origin.