American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several large game fishes of the genera Makaira and Tetrapturus of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, having an elongated, spearlike upper jaw.
- n. Variant of marline.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A godwit or a curlew.
- n. The great marbled god wit, Limosa fedoa: more fully called horsefoot, common, brawn, and red marlin. See cut under godwit.
- n. The Hudsonian godwit, Limosa hœmastica, distinguished in some localities as the ring-tailed, white-tailed, or field marlin.
- n. The Hudsonian curlew, Numenius hudsonieus: more fully called crooked-billed, hook-billed, and horsefoot marlin.
- n. A game fish having a pointed spearlike upper jaw belonging to either of the genera Tetrapturus or Makaira.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The American great marbled godwit (Limosa fedoa). Applied also to the red-breasted godwit (Limosa hæmatica).
- n. Any of several marine billfishes of the genera Makaira and Tetrapturus, popular as game in sport fishing.
- n. large long-jawed oceanic sport fishes; related to sailfishes and spearfishes; not completely cold-blooded i.e. able to warm their brains and eyes
- Short for marlinespike (from the pointed shape of its snout). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Yes | No | Report from the cowboy wrote 7 weeks 2 days ago yea right! it all depends on the ammo, bullet weight, and type of caliber. my .357 marlin is very inferior to the ballistics of a .243, meaning a .243 might shoot the same at 7 yards and 100, but a .357 traveling at 1200 fps will definitly not hit the same.”
“We saw several tropical birds, which the sailors call boatswains, in consequence of their having one long feather for a tail, which they term a marlin-spike — an iron instrument sharp at one end and knobbed at the other, used in splicing ropes, etc.”
“In The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway’s Santiago battles an 18-foot blue marlin from a skiff in the Florida Straits, where the Gulf Stream begins between Cuba and the Florida Keys.”
“Seems like this might be a full-day outing, just to have one shot at a frikkin 'marlin.”
“At 2,000 pounds, the marlin is the largest of the ocean's game fishes, with the possible exception of one of its relatives, the Marlinbrandofish.”
“For a creature with the bulk of a bull, the marlin was as sleek as any missile and blazed through the water at a speed not even the most powerful torpedo could attain.”
“Molly' for short, was Robin (the name was concocted out of the scientific terms for the bird 'robin' and the fish 'marlin' - which was her surname).”
“Scott Stapp doesn't know a whole lot about the animal kingdom, and thinks that a marlin is a bird rather than a fish.”
“Discovered only three years ago, it is now thought that nearly a third-27 percent-of fish historically identified as marlin were in fact roundscale spearfish.”
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