flying fish


Definition of flying fish

: any of numerous bony fishes (family Exocoetidae) chiefly of tropical and warm seas that are capable of long gliding flights out of water by spreading their large pectoral fins like wings

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Pike Place Market, famous for fresh flowers, flying fish and farm fare, served as the perfect backdrop for that education. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Connected to the Craft," 3 Dec. 2018 Eagle eyes will spot flying fish emerging from the ferry’s wake, and a DJ plays the Indian Top 40 (with a bit of Bieber thrown in) for families who can’t help but dance. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Why India’s Andaman Islands Could Be the New Maldives," 4 Jan. 2019 Hike, mountain bike, fly fish, horseback ride, or just take a chairlift up the mountain for some scenic selfies. The Editors, Seventeen, "The Best Road Trips to Take With Your Besties," 27 Aug. 2018 Guides take people out on the water and do everything from teach people how to fly fish to correct bad habits. Hayley Harding,, "Simsbury Native Runs One-Woman Fly Fishing Business," 18 June 2018 Stay in a villa or over-water bungalow at Cayo Espanto, an island about 3 miles off the coast of Belize, and fly fish, scuba dive or just hang out. Mary Forgione,, "Mother's Day gifts that are all about travel and adventure," 11 May 2018 The Kimchi Udon is adjusted for young palates by removing smoked bonito fish flakes and salty flying fish roe, though the spicy fermented cabbage remains. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "High-End Dining for the High-Chair Set," 3 Apr. 2018 All sorts of colorful characters swim by—a juvenile jack wedged between the tentacles and bell of a jellyfish for protection, a flying fish harboring a pygmy squid beneath its wing. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "A Nighttime Underwater Spectacle Off the Coast of the Philippines," 3 Apr. 2018 Was getting a bit carried away with watching my progress on the GPS tonight and was rudely interrupted when a flying fish hit me, er, in the bum! D.j Hopson, Popular Mechanics, "Life at Sea: The Best of Katie Spotz's Travelogue," 24 Mar. 2010

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First Known Use of flying fish

circa 1511, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flying fish was circa 1511

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English Language Learners Definition of flying fish

: a type of fish that has long fins which look like wings and that is able to jump out of the water and glide through the air

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Kids Definition of flying fish

: a fish with large fins that let it jump from the water and move for a distance through the air

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