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snipefish

[snahyp-fish]
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noun, plural (especially collectively) snipe·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) snipe·fish·es.
  1. any of several fishes of the family Macrorhamphosidae, of tropical and temperate seas, having a long, tubular snout and a compressed body.

Origin of snipefish

First recorded in 1660–70; snipe + fish
Also called bellows fish.
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British Dictionary definitions for snipefish

snipefish

noun plural -fish or -fishes
  1. any teleost fish of the family Macrorhamphosidae, of tropical and temperate seas, having a deep body, long snout, and a single long dorsal fin: order Solenichthyes (sea horses, etc)Also called: bellows fish

Word Origin

C17: so called because of the resemblance between its snout and a snipe's bill
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