Betta Definition

bĕtə
noun
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.
American Heritage
Any of a genus (Betta) of brightly colored gouramies of Southeast Asia, esp. a species (B. splendens) kept in aquariums.
Webster's New World
Any fish of the genus Betta, especially Betta splendens (the Siamese fighting fish).
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adjective
Eye dialect spelling of better (comparative of good).
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adverb
Eye dialect spelling of better (comparative of well).
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verb
(slang) Eye dialect spelling of better (had better).
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pronoun

A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Macropodusinae — fish, including species Betta splendens, the Siamese fighting fish.

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Other Word Forms of Betta

Noun

Singular:
betta
Plural:
bettas

Origin of Betta

  • New Latin Betta genus name from Javanese wader bettah a species of betta (Betta picta) of Java and Sumatra (wader freshwater fish)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the genus name.

    From Wiktionary

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