noun, plural bone·fish·es, (especially collectively) bone·fish.

a marine game fish, Albula vulpes, found in shallow tropical waters, having a skeleton composed of numerous small, fine bones.

Origin of bonefish

An Americanism dating back to 1725–35; bone + fish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bonefish

Historical Examples of bonefish

  • As for the strength of a bonefish, I actually hesitate to give my impressions.

  • About half a mile down the beach I thought I caught a glimpse of a bonefish.

  • They seemed to be very plentiful, and that must be why the bonefish were plentiful, too.

  • If you feel a tug, it is when the bonefish is ejecting the hook.

  • We had been under the impression that it was almost impossible to feel the bonefish bite.

British Dictionary definitions for bonefish


noun plural -fish or -fishes

a silvery marine clupeoid game fish, Albula vulpes, occurring in warm shallow waters: family Albulidae
a similar related fish, Dixonina nemoptera, of the Pacific Ocean
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