snipefish

[ snahyp-fish ]
/ ˈsnaɪpˌfɪʃ /

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

any of several fishes of the family Macrorhamphosidae, of tropical and temperate seas, having a long, tubular snout and a compressed body.

Nearby words

  1. sniggler,
  2. sniglet,
  3. snip,
  4. snipe,
  5. snipe fly,
  6. sniper,
  7. sniperscope,
  8. snipper,
  9. snippers,
  10. snippet

Origin of snipefish

First recorded in 1660–70; snipe + fish

Also called bellows fish.

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British Dictionary definitions for snipefish

snipefish

/ (ˈsnaɪpˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

any teleost fish of the family Macrorhamphosidae, of tropical and temperate seas, having a deep body, long snout, and a single long dorsal fin: order Solenichthyes (sea horses, etc)Also called: bellows fish

Word Origin for snipefish

C17: so called because of the resemblance between its snout and a snipe's bill

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