alligator gar


Definition of alligator gar

: a large freshwater gar (Lepisosteus spatula) of the central U.S. that attains a length of over 7 feet and a weight in excess of 150 pounds also : any of certain related Cuban and Central American fishes that are all valueless as food or game fishes and considered destructive of aquatic life and waterfowls

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First Known Use of alligator gar

1820, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alligator gar

so called from its size

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“Alligator gar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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