Definition of Darter

1. Noun. Fish-eating bird of warm inland waters having a long flexible neck and slender sharp-pointed bill.

Exact synonyms: Anhinga, Snakebird
Generic synonyms: Pelecaniform Seabird
Group relationships: Genus Anhinga
Specialized synonyms: Anhinga Anhinga, Water Turkey

2. Noun. A person or other animal that moves abruptly and rapidly. "Squirrels are darters"
Generic synonyms: Animal, Animate Being, Beast, Brute, Creature, Fauna
Derivative terms: Dart

Definition of Darter

1. n. One who darts, or who throw darts; that which darts.

Definition of Darter

1. Noun. A waterbird with a long neck in the family Anhingidae. ¹

2. Noun. Any of various darting freshwater fish of the family ''Percidae'', that are usually small and brightly coloured and are native to North America. ¹

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Definition of Darter

1. one that darts [n -S] - See also: darts

Medical Definition of Darter

1. 1. One who darts, or who throw darts; that which darts. 2. The snakebird, a water bird of the genus Plotus; so called because it darts out its long, snakelike neck at its prey. See Snakebird. 3. A small fresh water etheostomoid fish. The group includes numerous genera and species, all of them American. See Etheostomoid. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Darter

dart board
dart player
dart thrower
darter (current term)
dartoic tissue

Literary usage of Darter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Handbook of Nature-study for Teachers and Parents, Based on the Cornell by Anna Botsford Comstock (1911)
"The johnny darter likes a swift-flowing brook THE JOHNNY darter ... Story "We never tired of watching the little Johnny, or Tessellated darter ..."

2. American Ornithology: Or The Natural History of the Birds of the United States by Alexander Wilson, Charles Lucian Bonaparte, Robert Jameson, George Ord, William Maxwell Hetherington (1831)
"The above is a description of the supposed female darter, which is preserved in Peale's museum. THE female darter measures three feet five inches in length, ..."

3. The Conductor and Brakeman by Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen (1885)
""A darter UV MY OWN." Sam Kimper was a ferryman on a western river, ... I've got a darter uv my own," said he. Pretty soon he stopped poling and the girl ..."

4. Edward FitzGerald: An Aftermath by Francis Hindes Groome, Edward FitzGerald (1902)
"... THE ONLY darter A SUFFOLK CLERGYMAN'S REMINISCENCE OUR young parson said to me t'other daa, "John," sez he, " din't yeou nivver hev a darter? ..."

5. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1859)
"darter, a bird of the order unteres, ... The first named species, the anhinga, or snake bird, or black-bellied darter, maybe taken as the type of ..."

6. Child Classics by Georgia Alexander (1909)
"JOHNNY darter BY DAVID STARR JORDAN David Starr Jordan, ... You were trying to catch a Johnny darter. Nothing seems easier, but you did not do it. ..."

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