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[bohn-fish] /ˈboʊnˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural bonefishes (especially collectively) bonefish.
a marine game fish, Albula vulpes, found in shallow tropical waters, having a skeleton composed of numerous small, fine bones.
Also called ladyfish.
Origin of bonefish
1725-35, Americanism; bone1 + fish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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.

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

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • My reasons range from the exceedingly graceful beauty of a bonefish to the fact that he is the best food fish I ever ate.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • It has become a settled conviction in my mind that you have to wait for bonefish.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • I saw a little splash, and a big white tail of a bonefish stick out of the water.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • We had been under the impression that it was almost impossible to feel the bonefish bite.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • And it is a fact that the bonefish guides at Metacumbe did not let any one get a line on their methods.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • We must do more planning to get a suitable rig for these bonefish.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • The lady-fish, or bonefish, is the only representative of the family Albulid.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • They seemed to be very plentiful, and that must be why the bonefish were plentiful, too.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for bonefish


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