Origin of garfish

1400–50; late Middle English; compare Old English gār spear Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of garfish

  • The anacondas and alligators and snapping turtles and garfish with teeth sharp as sharks?

    The Peril Finders

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for garfish


noun plural -fish or -fishes
  1. another name for garpike (def. 1)
  2. an elongated European marine teleost fish, Belone belone, with long toothed jaws: related to the flying fishes
  3. any of various marine or estuarine fish with a long needle-like lower jaw

Word Origin for garfish

Old English gār spear + fish
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Word Origin and History for garfish

see gar + fish (n.).

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