dolphinfish

noun
dol·​phin·​fish | \ ˈdäl-fən-ˌfish How to pronounce dolphinfish (audio) , ˈdȯl-\

Definition of dolphinfish

: either of two colorful, iridescent, saltwater fish (Coryphaena equiselis and C. hippurus of the family Coryphaenidae) that are widely distributed in tropical and temperate seas and have a long laterally compressed body and a deeply forked tail fin

Note: The common dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) is valued as a food fish and is often called mahi-mahi.

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Orlov's isn't the only unlikely find to turn up inside a fish in recent memory: In January, a fisherman in Costa Rica sliced open a dolphinfish to find garbage and various plastics in its stomach. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Fisherman gives C-section to dead shark, frees 98 pups into the ocean," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dolphinfish

1840, in the meaning defined above

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