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flying fish

any fish of the family Exocoetidae, having stiff and greatly enlarged pectoral fins enabling it to glide considerable distances through the air after leaping from the water.
(initial capital letters) Astronomy. the constellation Volans.
Origin of flying fish
First recorded in 1505-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The Kaiser looked at the model of the flying fish in his hand.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • And so for the time being, at least, ended the awful work of the flying fish.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • This needle was, in fact, the eyes of the flying fish when she was under water.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • Then the flying fish folded her wings and sank to a depth of twenty feet.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • The other four, led by the flying fish, winged their way towards Dover.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • Others, great length of fin or of membrane, as the flying fish and the bat.

    Evolution, Old & New Samuel Butler
  • I see that there is a covey of flying fish already finished.

    Won from the Waves W.H.G. Kingston
  • Let us finish our exploration and return to the flying fish.

    The Log of the Flying Fish Harry Collingwood
  • I had my first sight of flying fish, and made friends with the officers.

    Gil the Gunner George Manville Fenn
  • He turned to another day, to see what there was about the flying fish.

    The Sandman: His Sea Stories William J. Hopkins
British Dictionary definitions for flying fish

flying fish

any marine teleost fish of the family Exocoetidae, common in warm and tropical seas, having enlarged winglike pectoral fins used for gliding above the surface of the water
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