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Green Swordtail
2009-01-17 21:00:25

The Green Swordtail (Xiphophorus hellerii) is a species of freshwater fish native to an area of North and Central America stretching from Veracruz, Mexico, to northwestern Honduras. It has been introduced to a number of countries and has become a nuisance pest. It has caused ecological damage because of its ability to rapidly reproduce in high numbers. Feral populations have established...

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monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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