billfish


billfish
/bil"fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) billfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) billfishes.
any of various fishes having a long, sharp bill or snout, as a gar, needlefish, or saury.
[1775-85, Amer.; BILL2 + FISH]

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Any of several long-jawed fishes, especially those in the family Istiophoridae, including marlins, spearfishes, and sailfishes.

The name is also applied to the gar, needlefish, and sauries (family Scomberesocidae), as well as to the swordfish (family Xiphiidae).

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      any of a group of long-jawed fishes (usually swordfish, marlin, and allies) that sometimes includes the marine gar (q.v.).

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Universalium. 2010.

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