Any of numerous usually small spiny-finned fishes of the family Gobiidae, having the pelvic fins united to form a suction disk.
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.
Any of various small fish from the large family Gobiidae, in which the pelvic fins are fused to form a disc-shaped sucker.
Origin of goby
- Latin gōbius gudgeon from Greek kōbios perhaps akin to Akkadian kuppû an eel-like fish
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin gobius (“gudgeon”), from Ancient Greek κωβιός (kōbios), a type of small fish, of unknown ultimate origin.