water boatman

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water boatman:

see water bugwater bug,
name for a large number of water-living bugs, comprising several families of the order Hemiptera (true bugs). All have jointed, sharp, sucking beaks, breathe air, and undergo gradual metamorphosis (see insect).
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Nor does a water boatman heed History in a stream of bullets; no feet Are torn away by mines; no shredded Wits result from his pursuit, for he Has no profession to mistake himself in.
Among top-level performers in the past decade or so, Band Gipsy (in South America), Indigenous (in Asia) and Good Faith and Water Boatman (in New Zealand) are descended from Ripeck, as is Grand National winner Bindaree.
Anchor is grand-dam of both top-class Hong Kong gelding Indigenous (by Marju) and Australian Group 1 winner Water Boatman, by Main Reef and thus closely related to Flowing Tide.