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[saw-fish] /ˈsɔˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) sawfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) sawfishes.
a large, elongated ray of the genus Pristis, living along tropical coasts and lowland rivers, with a bladelike snout bearing strong teeth on each side.
Origin of sawfish
First recorded in 1655-65; saw1 + fish Unabridged
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  • Before they had passed out of sight of the girl, the sawfish turned around and for the first time headed for the skiff.

    Dick in the Everglades A. W. Dimock
  • He realized that the sawfish had freed him from his dreadful jailer.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
  • And it was to jab harpoons and spears into porpoises and manatee and sawfish, and be dragged about in their boat.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • The sawfish is a ray in which the snout is elongated and edged with strong teeth.

    Fast Nine Alan Douglas
  • I want to show you a splendid specimen of a saw, taken from a sawfish down in the West Indies, and sent to me.

    Fred Fenton on the Crew Allen Chapman
  • The fish caught with this apparatus are the swordfish57 and the sawfish.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
  • Ned and Dick were in the skiff which had been towed by the power boat, hoping to harpoon a sawfish or a shark.

    Dick in the Everglades A. W. Dimock
  • Then the sawfish rolled over on its side, turning one edge of the saw toward the surface.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
  • In fact, all of the passes and inlets of the Gulf coast are fairly alive with fishes, from the mullet to sharks and sawfish.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
British Dictionary definitions for sawfish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
any sharklike ray of the family Pristidae of subtropical coastal waters and estuaries, having a serrated bladelike mouth
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Word Origin and History for sawfish

also saw-fish, 1660s; see saw (n.1.) + fish (n.).

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