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noun, plural (especially collectively) nee·dle·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) nee·dle·fish·es.
  1. any fish of the family Belonidae, of warm seas and coastal fresh waters, having a sharp beak and needlelike teeth.
  2. a pipefish.
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Origin of needlefish

First recorded in 1595–1605; needle + fish
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British Dictionary definitions for needlefish


noun plural -fish or -fishes
  1. any ferocious teleost fish of the family Belonidae of warm and tropical regions, having an elongated body and long toothed jaws
  2. another name for pipefish
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