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[ gahr-fish ]
/ ˈgɑrˌfɪʃ /

noun, plural (especially collectively) gar·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) gar·fish·es.


Nearby words

garfield, garfield heights, garfield mountain, garfield, james a., garfield, james abram, garfish, garfunkel, garg., garganey, gargantua, gargantuan

Origin of garfish

1400–50; late Middle English; compare Old English gār spear Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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


/ (ˈɡɑːˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

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

Word Origin for garfish

Old English gār spear + fish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for garfish



see gar + fish (n.).

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