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bonefish

[bohn-fish] /ˈboʊnˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural bonefishes (especially collectively) bonefish.
1.
a marine game fish, Albula vulpes, found in shallow tropical waters, having a skeleton composed of numerous small, fine bones.
2.
Origin of bonefish
1725-1735
An Americanism dating back to 1725-35; bone + fish
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  • My brother and I could not bring ourselves to try for bonefish with heavy tackle.

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  • As for the strength of a bonefish, I actually hesitate to give my impressions.

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  • About half a mile down the beach I thought I caught a glimpse of a bonefish.

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  • It has become a settled conviction in my mind that you have to wait for bonefish.

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  • We had been under the impression that it was almost impossible to feel the bonefish bite.

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  • The bonefish came back and swam all around my bait, apparently not noticing it.

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  • We must do more planning to get a suitable rig for these bonefish.

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  • There is a big flat there cut up by channels, and it is said to be a fine ground for bonefish.

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  • They seemed to be very plentiful, and that must be why the bonefish were plentiful, too.

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  • Then I was consoled by the proof that a bonefish had taken the bait off for me.

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British Dictionary definitions for bonefish

bonefish

/ˈbəʊnˌfɪʃ/
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
1.
a silvery marine clupeoid game fish, Albula vulpes, occurring in warm shallow waters: family Albulidae
2.
a similar related fish, Dixonina nemoptera, of the Pacific Ocean
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