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