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.

Examples of dolphinfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "These mysterious 'devices' keep washing up on Florida’s beaches. Scientists are concerned.," 28 Feb. 2020 Wright’s catch beat the record held by Kim Lawson, who reeled in a 67.8-pound common dolphinfish in July 1985. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Maryland man set record with 72.8-pound mahi mahi off Ocean City," 31 July 2019 Wright’s catch beat the record held by Kim Lawson, who reeled in a 67.8-pound common dolphinfish in July 1985. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Maryland man set record with 72.8-pound mahi mahi off Ocean City," 31 July 2019 Wright’s catch beat the record held by Kim Lawson, who reeled in a 67.8-pound common dolphinfish in July 1985. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Maryland man set record with 72.8-pound mahi mahi off Ocean City," 31 July 2019 Frashure’s catch has dethroned Jeff Wright’s three-week-old state Atlantic Division record for common dolphinfish, which was 72.8 pounds. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore-area coaches added to George Washington women’s lacrosse staff; Pat Spencer sparkles in basketball exhibition game in Europe," 20 Aug. 2019 Wright’s catch beat the record held by Kim Lawson, who reeled in a 67.8-pound common dolphinfish in July 1985. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Maryland man set record with 72.8-pound mahi mahi off Ocean City," 31 July 2019 The big fish reeled in Friday was the common dolphinfish, the department said, but this was not a common member of the species, weighing in at 74.5 pounds. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "New Maryland record for mahi mahi set Friday, officials say," 20 Aug. 2019 Wright’s catch beat the record held by Kim Lawson, who reeled in a 67.8-pound common dolphinfish in July 1985. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Maryland man set record with 72.8-pound mahi mahi off Ocean City," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of dolphinfish

1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Dolphinfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dolphinfish. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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