bone·​fish | \ ˈbōn-ˌfish How to pronounce bonefish (audio) \

Definition of bonefish

1 : a slender silvery small-scaled fish (Albula vulpes) that is a notable sport and food fish of warm seas

Other Words from bonefish

bonefishing \ ˈbōn-​ˌfi-​shiŋ How to pronounce bonefish (audio) \ noun

Examples of bonefish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thousands of acres of mangroves—key to supporting bonefish and myriad other species—were killed when the storm stalled over the region. Chris Dorsey, Forbes, 24 June 2021 For fly-fishermen the world over, hooking a bonefish becomes habit forming, a kind of narcotic that keeps bringing anglers back to places like Swain’s. Chris Dorsey, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Ajemian and his doctoral student, Steve Lombardo, have been attempting to track the Caribbean bonefish, Albula vulpes, for years off the northern Bahamas, including the Abaco Islands. Douglas Main, Animals, 18 Dec. 2020 Research has shown that a significant source of postrelease mortality in tarpon and bonefish is shark predation. Popular Science, 11 Feb. 2020 For bonefish, the troubles come when there’s too much water arriving at the wrong time. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 6 Dec. 2019 And catching the fish — whether a lightning-fast Caribbean bonefish or a colossal Pacific salmon — is always a sweet reward. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, 29 June 2018 Permit belong to the trinity of South Florida flats fish, along with tarpon and bonefish, that help pump an estimated $460 million a year into the state economy. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, 15 May 2018 Keoni Chang, the corporate chef of Foodland, a statewide supermarket chain founded by an Irish immigrant in 1948, remembers that his great-grandfather ate poke made of oio (bonefish), caught on the flats, the flesh roughly scraped. Author: Ligaya Mishan, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of bonefish

1734, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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