swordfish

[ sawrd-fish, sohrd- ]
/ ˈsɔrdˌfɪʃ, ˈsoʊrd- /
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noun, plural sword·fish·es, (especially collectively) sword·fish for 1.

a large, marine food fish, Xiphias gladius, having the upper jaw elongated into a swordlike structure.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Dorado.

Nearby words

  1. sword-bearer,
  2. sword-swallower,
  3. swordbearer,
  4. swordbill,
  5. swordcraft,
  6. swordman,
  7. swordplay,
  8. swordsman,
  9. swordstick,
  10. swordswoman

Origin of swordfish

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at sword, fish

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British Dictionary definitions for swordfish

swordfish

/ (ˈsɔːdˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

a large scombroid fish, Xiphias gladius, with a very long upper jaw: valued as a food and game fish: family Xiphiidae
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Word Origin and History for swordfish

swordfish

n.

c.1400, from sword + fish (n.).

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