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/ 藞sp瑟蓹r藢f瑟蕛 /
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noun, plural (especially collectively) spear路fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) spear路fish路es.
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.
any of several related fishes.
verb (used without object), spear路fished, spear路fish路ing.
to fish underwater using a spearlike implement used manually or propelled mechanically.
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Origin of spearfish

An Americanism dating back to 1880鈥85; spear1 + fish
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How to use spearfish in a sentence

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

    Pony Tracks|Frederic Remington
  • It was a wild ride, but they reached Spearfish with no bones broken.

British Dictionary definitions for spearfish

/ (藞sp瑟蓹藢f瑟蕛) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes
another name for marlin

Word Origin for spearfish

so named because of its long pointed jaw
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