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

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Historical Examples of xiphias

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

  • His saw, like the sword of the Xiphias, is a long flattened bony snout, but is double-edged and serrated.

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

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