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spearfish

[ speer-fish ]

noun

, plural (especially collectively) spear·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) spear·fish·es.
  1. any of several fishes of the genus Tetrapturus, resembling the sailfish but having the first dorsal fin much less developed: inhabiting all seas, but rare.
  2. any of several related fishes.


verb (used without object)

, spear·fished, spear·fish·ing.
  1. to fish underwater using a spearlike implement used manually or propelled mechanically.

spearfish

/ ˈspɪəˌfɪʃ /

noun

  1. another name for marlin


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Word History and Origins

Origin of spearfish1

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; spear 1 + fish
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Word History and Origins

Origin of spearfish1

so named because of its long pointed jaw
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Example Sentences

Coming to the valley of the Spearfish I halted and slept my command until sundown, and then started for our lines.

It was a wild ride, but they reached Spearfish with no bones broken.

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