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[sawrd-fish, sohrd-] /ˈsɔrdˌfɪʃ, ˈsoʊrd-/
noun, plural swordfishes (especially collectively) swordfish for 1.
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
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at sword, fish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A swordfish came up through the dense mass and fell flat on its side, striking many fish with the sides of its sword.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Of those who entered the jolly-boat of the swordfish, only five reached the land.

    Saved by the Lifeboat R.M. Ballantyne
  • As for myself, what did I care how much the swordfish weighed?

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • He interrupted me: “Say, young fellow, you want to catch a swordfish first!”

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • The first two swordfish we saw did not stay on the surface long enough to be worked.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Next day we sighted four swordfish and tried in vain to coax one to bite.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • swordfish steak, we feel, is probably a taste acquired by long and diligent application.

    Plum Pudding Christopher Morley
  • Next day we sighted ten swordfish, which is a record for one day.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for swordfish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
a large scombroid fish, Xiphias gladius, with a very long upper jaw: valued as a food and game fish: family Xiphiidae
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for swordfish

c.1400, from sword + fish (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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