Definitions

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

  • n. See gar1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any fish of the needlefish family Belonidae, with a long narrow body and needle-shaped jaws, especially the European species Belone belone.
  • n. Any North or Central American fish of the family Lepisosteidae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A European marine fish (Belone vulgaris); -- called also gar, gerrick, greenback, greenbone, gorebill, hornfish, longnose, mackerel guide, sea needle, and sea pike.
  • n. One of several species of similar fishes of the genus Tylosurus, of which one species (T. marinus) is common on the Atlantic coast. T. Caribbæus, a very large species, and T. crassus, are more southern; -- called also needlefish. Many of the common names of the European garfish are also applied to the American species.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fish with a long snout or beak resulting from a spear-like prolongation of the jaws; a bill-fish; a gar.
  • n. In Australasia, Tylosurus ferox, called in Sydney ‘long Tom’; Hemiramphus intermedius;, a river-fish, H. regularis, of the family Hemiramphidæ.

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

Etymologies

Middle English : gare, spear (from Old English gār) + fish, fish; see fish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English gar ("spear") + fish. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Known for his wizardly approach to seafood, Mr. Lazarou is one of the first chefs to use less expensive fish like the lanky monkfish and the long, ungainly garfish to make a wealth of gourmet dishes such as monkfish with mastiha liquor cream from the Aegean island of Hios and braised garfish with fava bean mousse.

    Not Your Typical Greek Salad

  • He could smell the swamp and its fetid odor of stagnant water, quicksand, dead garfish on the banks, and the mushrooms that burst into bloom off rotting tree trunks.

    The Convict and Other Stories

  • The pilings were thick with brush in the slow, red current, and the dorsal fins of garfish turned in lazy circles in the shadow of the bridge.

    The Convict and Other Stories

  • He watched the gyrations of a needle-nosed garfish that was maneuvering itself on the perimeter of the bream that had schooled up underneath the lilies.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • These include ray-finned fish subclass Actinopterygii, "new-finned" fish Neopterygii, Messel garfish Atractosteus strausi, Messel bowfin Cyclurus ( 'Amia') kehreri, Archaic knife-fish Thaumaturus intermedius, Messel eel Anguilla ignota, high-backed predatory Messel perch Amphiperca multiformes, and double-finned Messel perch Palaeoperca proxima.

    Messel Pit fossil site, Germany

  • Only the two plates of garfish arrived together, which came some 30 minutes after a bowl of spaghetti bolognese, and they had long been eaten by the time the lamb arrived.

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • If ever there was a designer fish, it would have to be a garfish with its long, elegant beak and sleek, torpedo like body; two large ones had been left head on, roughly filleted and arched across the plate, surfing the buttery sauce, cooked until just done and still moist.

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • The seagrass beds, 70% of which were lost between the mid seventies and mid eighties, that were home to many of the commercial species like King George whiting, garfish, leatherjackets, calamari et al, have mostly died off and huge numbers of fish that relied on them have disappeared in an environmental disaster.

    At My Table

  • You know how nasty garfish can be when they get squirrely?

    A Few Minutes in Granddaddy's Old House on Black Bottom Bayou

  • For instance leather jackets, small garfish and silver whiting would be fine choices, or whatever fish are plentiful in your area.

    At My Table

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