One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small, brightly colored Asian labyrinth fish, popular in aquariums. It builds a nest of bubbles, which is typically guarded by the male.
Belontiidae and related families: several species
- ‘We have a freshwater fish tank community of tetras, catfish, gouramis and loaches.’
- ‘Blue Gouramis are among those fish who possess a labyrinth organ, which allows them to breath air directly.’
- ‘If you want a somewhat larger Gourami in your aquarium, the Moonlight Gourami is a good option.’
Late 19th century: from Malay gurami.
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