needlefish


nee·dle·fish

noun \ˈnē-dəl-ˌfish\

Definition of NEEDLEFISH

1
:  any of a family (Belonidae) of elongate carnivorous chiefly marine bony fishes that are silvery with blue or green backs and have long slender jaws and sharp teeth
2
:  pipefish

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First Known Use of NEEDLEFISH

1601

needlefish

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about 60 species (family Belonidae) of primarily marine, edible, carnivorous fishes found throughout temperate and tropical waters. Needlefish are adept jumpers and have a long, slender jaw with sharp teeth. They are long, slim, and silvery, with a blue or green back. The largest species grows to 4 ft (1.2 m) long. The garfish (Belone belone) occurs in Europe, and the houndfish (Tylosurus crocodilus) is found everywhere in the tropics.

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