billfish

noun
bill·​fish | \ ˈbil-ˌfish How to pronounce billfish (audio) \

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

Examples of billfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These hostile zones also likely afford refuge for Humboldt squid from many of their own predators, such as tuna, billfish and sharks, Field points out. Katherine Harmon, Scientific American, 8 Apr. 2010 Here's what is going to protect us instead Download the USA TODAY mobile app Adult tuna, billfish and dolphinfish are the target catch for the FADS, but juvenile fish, sharks and other species also can get caught up in the catch. Kimberly Miller, USA TODAY, 28 Feb. 2020 For example, circle hooks must be used for billfish, sharks, reef fish, and striped bass in some areas and situations. Popular Science, 11 Feb. 2020 PSATs have been used in multiple studies of billfish and tunas, species that are notoriously difficult to study with conventional methods. Popular Science, 11 Feb. 2020 Big-game fishermen who went after yellowfin and bluefin tuna and billfish put the J.A Coxe 12/0 to good use starting in the 1920s. Colin Moore, Outdoor Life, 22 Nov. 2019 Use a lip gaff in the front lower jaw, or a snooter for billfishes. Saryn Chorney, PEOPLE.com, 21 May 2018 Sabin actually caught and released 10 billfish during her 11-month trek, including a shortbill spearfish and roundscale spearfish. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2018 Prince, a billfish expert who has since retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was stumped. National Geographic, 4 Jan. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of billfish

1782, in the meaning defined above

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“Billfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/billfish. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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