alligator gar


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.

Origin of alligator gar

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.