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

  • n. Any of various slender, bony, live-bearing tropical freshwater fishes of the family Hemiramphidae, characterized by a silvery appearance and an elongated lower jaw.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any slender, marine fish of the genus Hemirhamphus, having the upper jaw much shorter than the lower; -- called also balahoo.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any slender, marine fish of the genus Hemirhamphus, or of the family Hemiramphidae, having an elongated protruding lower jaw; -- called also balahoo.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fish of the family Exocœtidæ and genus Hemirhamphus, having the lower jaw developed into a long ensiform weapon, while the upper jaw is normally short; a hemirhamphine; a halfbill. Numerous species are found in tropical and subtropical seas.

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

  • n. tropical and subtropical marine and freshwater fishes having an elongated body and long protruding lower jaw


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