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billfish

[bil-fish]
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noun, plural (especially collectively) bill·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) bill·fish·es.
  1. any of various fishes having a long, sharp bill or snout, as a gar, needlefish, or saury.
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Origin of billfish

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; bill2 + fish
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Historical Examples

  • The saury, or billfish—scomberesox sauris—is found in all parts of the North Atlantic.

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    Stanley R. Matthews


British Dictionary definitions for billfish

billfish

noun plural -fish or -fishes
  1. US any of various fishes having elongated jaws, esp any fish of the family Istiophoridae, such as the spearfish and marlin
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