Definition of backswimmer in English:



  • another term for water boatman (sense 1 of the noun)
    • ‘From time to time the backswimmer will surface to empty and refill these chambers with a fresh supply of air.’
    • ‘Adult and larval backswimmers eat smaller animals in the water including bloodworms and aquatic larvae.’
    • ‘She pointed out damselfly larva, water beetles, tadpoles, backswimmers, dragon fly larva and snails as they circled around in our tiny sample of the marsh.’
    • ‘Holding its pale back away from the sunlight makes the backswimmer harder for predators to spot.’
    • ‘These fairy shrimps and backswimmers constitute the majority of the macroinvertebrates captured in these ponds.’