- any large, saltwater game fish of the genera Makaira and Tetrapterus, having the upper jaw elongated into a spearlike structure.
Origin of marlin1
- a male given name.
or mar·lin, mar·ling
- small stuff of two-fiber strands, sometimes tarred, laid up left-handed.
Origin of marline
Examples from the Web for marlin
One more word about the mineral water industry in Marlin, Texas, and I was about to scream.Slaves In A Family's Past Haunt The Present
August 28, 2014
The dedication of State Department diplomats such as Marlin Hardinger—on his fourth year in Lashkar Gah—is breathtaking.What the Frontier of Afghanistan Tells Us About the War
John Kael Weston
May 11, 2013
No boatman fears a Marlin as he does the true broadbill swordfish.
Very angry he was, and he reminded me of a Marlin swordfish.
Marlin are not food fish, and they are thrown to the sharks.
But there are no more fish there, except Marlin swordfish in August and September.
All of which accounts for his quick conquering of a Marlin swordfish.
- any of several large scombroid food and game fishes of the genera Makaira, Istiompax, and Tetrapturus, of warm and tropical seas, having a very long upper jaw: family IstiophoridaeAlso called: spearfish
marlin less commonly marling (ˈmɑːlɪŋ)
- nautical a light rope, usually tarred, made of two strands laid left-handed
Word Origin and History for marlin
large marine game-fish, 1917, shortening of marlinspike fish (1907), from marlinspike, name of a pointed iron tool used by sailors (see marlinspike). The fish was so called from the shape of its elongated upper jaw.