Goby definition

gōbē
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Any of numerous usually small spiny-finned fishes of the family Gobiidae, having the pelvic fins united to form a suction disk.
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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.
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Any of various small fish from the large family Gobiidae, in which the pelvic fins are fused to form a disc-shaped sucker.
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A gudgeon, such as Gobio gobio.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
goby
Plural:
gobies

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.

    From Wiktionary