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[speer-fish] /ˈspɪərˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) spearfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) spearfishes.
any of several fishes of the genus Tetrapturus, resembling the sailfish but having the first dorsal fin much less developed: inhabiting all seas, but rare.
any of several related fishes.
verb (used without object), spearfished, spearfishing.
to fish underwater using a spearlike implement used manually or propelled mechanically.
Origin of spearfish
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85; spear1 + fish Unabridged
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  • Both Jan and Barby were expert Scuba divers, and he had looked forward to spearfishing with them in the bay.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for spearfishing


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
another name for marlin
Word Origin
so named because of its long pointed jaw
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