noun \ˈmär-lən\

: a large fish that lives in the sea and that people catch for sport

Full Definition of MARLIN

:  any of several large marine billfishes (genera Makaira and Tetrapturus) that are notable sport fishes

Origin of MARLIN

short for marlinspike; from the appearance of its beak
First Known Use: 1917

Rhymes with MARLIN


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of four species (genus Makaira, family Istiophoridae) of deep-blue to blue-green marine fish with a long body, a long dorsal fin, a rounded spear extending from the snout (which it uses to club the fish it feeds on), and usually pale vertical stripes. They are highly prized for sport and food. Species range in weight from about 100 lbs (45 kg) to more than 1,500 lbs (700 kg). The Indo-Pacific black marlin (M. nigicans) has a distinctive, stiff pectoral fin set at an angle.


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