from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A natural family of fish including the halfbeaks, marine and freshwater fishes closely related to the flying fishes but not able to glide.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A family of soft-rayed fishes characterized by the great elongation of the lower jaw, the upper jaw being very short. The species are known as half-beaks and are found in the tropical seas. The typical genus is Hemiramphus.
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- n. halfbeaks; marine and freshwater fishes closely related to the flying fishes but not able to glide
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There is particularly high diversity among the fish populations, the families of which include: Mugelidae, Serranidae, Carangidae, Gerridae, Hemiramphidae, Plectrorhynchidae and Elopidae.