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 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, "12 Awesome, Old-School Reels That Changed How We Fish," 22 Nov. 2019 Use a lip gaff in the front lower jaw, or a snooter for billfishes. Saryn Chorney,, "National Oceanic Administration and Shark Tagging Program Issues Statement About 'Sexy Shark Wrangler' Amid Backlash," 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, "Billfish Slam: Woman lands 10 stunning fish species in 11 months," 27 Mar. 2018 Prince, a billfish expert who has since retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was stumped. National Geographic, "Climate Change Is Suffocating Large Parts of the Ocean," 4 Jan. 2018 The council has jurisdiction over the waters where 140 long-line vessels based in Hawaii — as well as a handful in American Samoa — fish mostly for tuna and billfish. Christopher Pala, New York Times, "Loss of Federal Protections May Imperil Pacific Reefs, Scientists Warn," 30 Oct. 2017 Fishing tournaments have to obtain federal permits to target highly migratory fish species including sharks, tunas and billfish, Jenkins said. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Anglers in SC shark fishing tourney could be in trouble for what they hauled in," 20 June 2017 Points will be awarded for up to three billfish releases. Steve Waters,, "Outdoors calendar: Anglin's Pier clean-up is Saturday in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea," 27 Apr. 2017 A vast treasure trove of information on the secret lives of ocean predators is being revealed through pioneering efforts to monitor the movements of sharks, billfish, and bluefin tuna using cutting-edge technology. Gary Strauss, National Geographic, "Tracking the Secret Lives of Ocean Predators," 18 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of billfish

1782, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2020

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“Billfish.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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