from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various marine fishes having an elongated spearlike or swordlike upper jaw, including the marlins, sailfishes, and spearfishes of the family Istiophoridae and the swordfish of the family Xiphiidae.
  • noun Any of various fishes having long, pointed jaws, such as the needlefishes.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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