a large, heavily scaled fish, Lepisosteus spatula, with an elongated body and long snout, found mainly in shallow weedy fresh water in the southeastern U.S.
Why Are Avocados Also Called Alligator Pears?As you munch on guacamole and chips, chew on the etymology of the humble avocado. Its many names are as wacky as the fruit is yummy.
Origin of alligator gar
An Americanism dating back to 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for alligator gar
Have you ever seen an alligator-gar at home in the Lower Mississippi?
"The belief in alligator-gar is a vulgar and absurd superstition," said the Lieutenant, breaking silence for the first time.