billfish


bill·fish

noun \ˈbil-ˌfish\

Definition of BILLFISH

:  a fish with long slender jaws; especially :  any of various bony fishes (families Istiophoridae and Xiphiidae) with an elongated tapering upper jaw including marlins, spearfishes, and sailfishes

First Known Use of BILLFISH

1782

billfish

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of several long-jawed fishes, especially those in the family Istiophoridae, including marlins, spearfishes, and sailfishes. The name is also applied to the gar, needlefish, and sauries (family Scomberesocidae), as well as to the swordfish (family Xiphiidae).

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