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

Word History


so called from its size

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alligator gar was in 1820

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“Alligator gar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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alligator gar

: a large freshwater gar of the central U.S.
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