from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various fishes of the family Istiophoridae, such as a marlin or sailfish, having an elongated, swordlike or spearlike snout and upper jaw.
  • n. Any of various other fishes having long, pointed jaws.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several fish, of the family Istiophoridae, that have an elongated jaw

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The garfish (Tylosurus longirostris, or Belone longirostris) and allied species.
  • n. The saury, a slender fish of the Atlantic coast (Scomberesox saurus).
  • n. The Tetrapturus albidus, a large oceanic species related to the swordfish; the spearfish.
  • n. The American fresh-water garpike (Lepidosteus osseus).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The long-nosed gar, or common garpike, Lepidosteus osseus, a fish of the family Lepidosteidæ. See garpike.
  • n. The skipper, Scomberesox saurus, a synentognathous fish of the family Scomberesocidæ or family Exocœtidæ. Also called saury.
  • n. The spear-fish, Tetrapturus albidus, of the family Histiophoridæ.
  • n. One of the garfishes, Tylosurus longirostris, of the family Belonidæ. See garfish, and cut under Belonidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. primitive predaceous North American fish covered with hard scales and having long jaws with needlelike teeth
  • n. slender long-beaked fish of temperate Atlantic waters
  • n. giant warm-water game fish having a prolonged and rounded toothless upper jaw
  • n. elongate European surface-dwelling predacious fishes with long toothed jaws; abundant in coastal waters


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