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

a large, elongated ray of the genus Pristis, living along tropical coasts and lowland rivers, with a bladelike snout bearing strong teeth on each side.

Origin of sawfish

First recorded in 1655–65; saw1 + fish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of sawfish

  • He realized that the sawfish had freed him from his dreadful jailer.

    The Haunters of the Silences

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • The Sawfish is a ray in which the snout is elongated and edged with strong teeth.

    Fast Nine

    Alan Douglas

  • The fish caught with this apparatus are the swordfish57 and the sawfish.

    The Manbos of Mindano

    John M. Garvan

  • And it was to jab harpoons and spears into porpoises and manatee and sawfish, and be dragged about in their boat.

  • Then the sawfish rolled over on its side, turning one edge of the saw toward the surface.

    The Haunters of the Silences

    Charles G. D. Roberts

British Dictionary definitions for sawfish


noun plural -fish or -fishes

any sharklike ray of the family Pristidae of subtropical coastal waters and estuaries, having a serrated bladelike mouth
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Word Origin and History for sawfish

also saw-fish, 1660s; see saw (n.1.) + fish (n.).

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