[ haf-beek, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˌbik, ˈhɑf- /
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any of several marine fishes of the family Hemiramphidae, having a greatly elongated lower jaw.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
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British Dictionary definitions for halfbeak
/ (ˈhɑːfˌbiːk) /
any marine and freshwater teleost fish of the tropical and subtropical family Hemiramphidae, having an elongated body with a short upper jaw and a long protruding lower jaw
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