[ seyl-fish ]
/ ˈseɪlˌfɪʃ /

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

a large tropical and subtropical marine fish, Istiophorus platypterus, of the family Istiophoridae, distinguished by a long, high dorsal fin, long pelvic fins, and a double keel on each side of the tail.
any of several related fishes having a high dorsal fin.

Origin of sailfish

First recorded in 1585–95; sail + fish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈseɪlˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

any of several large scombroid game fishes of the genus Istiophorus, such as I. albicans (Atlantic sailfish), of warm and tropical seas: family Istiophoridae. They have an elongated upper jaw and a long sail-like dorsal fin
another name for basking shark
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