billfish

[bil-fish]
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noun, plural (especially collectively) bill·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) bill·fish·es.

any of various fishes having a long, sharp bill or snout, as a gar, needlefish, or saury.

Nearby words

  1. billerica,
  2. billet,
  3. billet-doux,
  4. billethead,
  5. billety,
  6. billfold,
  7. billfolder,
  8. billhead,
  9. billhook,
  10. billi bi

Origin of billfish

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; bill2 + fish

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Examples from the Web for billfish

  • The saury, or billfish—scomberesox sauris—is found in all parts of the North Atlantic.

    Motor Matt's Race|Stanley R. Matthews


British Dictionary definitions for billfish

billfish

noun plural -fish or -fishes

US any of various fishes having elongated jaws, esp any fish of the family Istiophoridae, such as the spearfish and marlin
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