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marlin

[ mahr-lin ]
/ ˈmɑr lɪn /
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noun, plural (especially collectively) mar·lin, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) mar·lins.
any large, saltwater game fish of the genera Makaira and Tetrapterus, having the upper jaw elongated into a spearlike structure.
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Origin of marlin

1915–20, Americanism; short for marlinespike

Other definitions for marlin (2 of 2)

Marlin
[ mahr-lin ]
/ ˈmɑr lɪn /

noun
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for marlin

marlin
/ (ˈmɑːlɪn) /

noun plural -lin or -lins
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

Word Origin for marlin

C20: from marlinespike; with allusion to the shape of the beak
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