Definition of mummichog in English:

mummichog

noun

  • A small marine killifish that lives along the sheltered shores and estuaries of eastern North America. It is widely kept in aquariums and is also used as bait and for biological research.

    • ‘We found the amphipod G. tigrinus to be consumed by mummichog and white perch.’
    • ‘They prey upon the rainbow smelt, golden shiner, common shiner, creek chub, and mummichog, among others.’
    • ‘The latter group includes Atlantic silversides, M. menidia, capelin Mallotus villosus and the mummichog, F. heteroclitus.’
    • ‘The seasonal marine migrant Atlantic silverside and resident mummichog were most abundant in the lower reach.’
    • ‘The mummichog, Fundulus heteroclitus, is the resident fish species that is most abundant in tidal wetlands of the U.S. Atlantic coast and that has been most studied by researchers.’
    • ‘Juvenile mummichogs were captured in pit traps along with spotfin killifish in the high marsh at both Piermont Marsh and Ralph Creek.’
    • ‘Common fish species in the area include Atlantic tomcod, mummichog, redfish, herring, silver hake, Greenland halibut, and the dangerously overfished northern cod.’
    • ‘The Atlantic tomcod is one of the predators here, preying on such species as rainbow smelt and mummichog.’
    • ‘ANP stimulates chloride secretion in the isolated opercular membrane of seawater-acclimated mummichog, and inhibits ion and water absorption in the intestine of winter flounder and Japanese eel.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from Narragansett moamitteaug.

Pronunciation

mummichog

/ˈməmiˌCHôɡ/