xiphias

n.

1660s, genus of swordfish, from Greek xiphias "swordfish," from xiphos "sword," of unknown origin.


Nearby words

  1. xinjiang uygur,
  2. xinjiang uygur autonomous region,
  3. xinxiang,
  4. xipe,
  5. xiphi-,
  6. xiphisternum,
  7. xipho-,
  8. xiphoid,
  9. xiphoid process,
  10. xiphoiditis

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for xiphias

  • The European species, common in the Mediterranean, is the Xiphias gladius of naturalists.

    The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
  • His saw, like the sword of the Xiphias, is a long flattened bony snout, but is double-edged and serrated.

  • By this name it has been known ever since, and only one additional name is included in its synonym, Xiphias rondeletic of Leach.

    Tales of Fishes|Zane Grey