blue·​fish ˈblü-ˌfish How to pronounce bluefish (audio)
: an active food and game marine fish (Pomatomus saltatrix) that is bluish above with silvery sides
: any of various dark or bluish fishes (such as the pollack)

Examples of bluefish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the good days, pier fishermen are catching a lot of undersized mutton snappers, pompano, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, jack crevalles, big ladyfish and lots of bluerunners. Alan Sherman, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 If striped bass or bluefish are breaking past the waves where most lures can’t reach, send a diamond jig and reel fast. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 The High-Low Surf Fishing Rig Although the high-low rig can be used for larger targets like bluefish, striped bass, and red drum, it’s typically reserved for smaller fish like croakers, seatrout, flounder, and pompano. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 26 Oct. 2023 Summerlin had been catching a mix bag of black drum, striped bass, bluefish, and other species before boating his state record-breaking sheepshead. Outdoor Life, 20 Sep. 2023 With a steady retrieve, the Striper Swiper has no problem staying on top, and its action triggers explosive strikes from striped bass and bluefish alike. Jimmy Fee, Field & Stream, 13 Sep. 2023 Bluefish Not to be confused with bluefin tuna, raw bluefish is more of light purple than a deep red. Paul Kita, Men's Health, 29 Aug. 2023 This apex predator uses its agility in the water to feed on bluefish, swordfish, tuna and even other sharks. Anna Nordseth, Discover Magazine, 1 Aug. 2023 Use the olive sauce with other local fish, such as hake, haddock, swordfish, bluefish, or mackerel. Sheryl Julian,, 18 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bluefish was in 1711

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“Bluefish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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blue·​fish ˈblü-ˌfish How to pronounce bluefish (audio)
: an active saltwater food and sport fish that is bluish above with silvery sides

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