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

any fish of the family Belonidae, of warm seas and coastal fresh waters, having a sharp beak and needlelike teeth.
a pipefish.

Nearby words

  1. needle trades,
  2. needle valve,
  3. needle-holder,
  4. needlecord,
  5. needlecraft,
  6. needleful,
  7. needlepoint,
  8. needles,
  9. needless,
  10. needless to say

Origin of needlefish

First recorded in 1595–1605; needle + fish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for needlefish


noun plural -fish or -fishes

any ferocious teleost fish of the family Belonidae of warm and tropical regions, having an elongated body and long toothed jaws
another name for pipefish
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