- a large, marine food fish, Xiphias gladius, having the upper jaw elongated into a swordlike structure.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Dorado.
Origin of swordfish
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Examples from the Web for swordfish
Both she and the president, casually dressed in khakis and rolled-up shirt sleeves, had swordfish and salad.Are You There, Recipient? It’s Me, Barack
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I absolutely love the assertiveness of olives and capers, especially when paired with a meaty fish like swordfish.Fresh Picks
August 11, 2009
I've been turnin' out another school of swordfish and whales, too.
You put in your fourteen cents and I'll put in the rest of the swordfish.
But there are no more fish there, except Marlin swordfish in August and September.
These days were fruitful of the knowledge of swordfish that I had longed to earn.
Nor can you mistake a swordfish when he breaks, even though you only see the splash.
- a large scombroid fish, Xiphias gladius, with a very long upper jaw: valued as a food and game fish: family Xiphiidae
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Word Origin and History for swordfish
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