bill·​fish ˈbil-ˌfish How to pronounce billfish (audio)
: 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 Distribution and Habitat Sailfish are one of the most abundant billfish in the U.S., and though they can be caught as far north as Cape Cod, Florida is hailed as the sailfish capital of the States. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 9 Nov. 2023 Witness the largest billfish tournament in the world with live music, beach tennis, food and drinks, corn hole tournament and a livestream of the fishing tournament weigh-ins. Hailey Closson, Baltimore Sun, 1 Aug. 2023 The main event is blue marlin but there are other billfish, mahi mahi, wahoo and especially big tuna. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 4 May 2023 The fish’s gut cavity was packed with ice before it was wrapped in an insulated billfish bag, which was filled with ice for the long trip back to the dock. David Rainer Alabama Department Of Conservation and Natural Resources, al, 26 Jan. 2023 Rods up to 15-weight are used for sharks, billfish, and similar exotic jumbos. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, 28 Mar. 2023 And this one fits the billfish. Baltimore Sun, 22 May 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of billfish was in 1782

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“Billfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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