flying fish

noun
|Updated on: 22 Jun 2018

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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First Known Use of flying fish

circa 1511

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FLYING FISH Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of flying fish for English Language Learners

  • : 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


FLYING FISH Defined for Kids

flying fish

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Definition of flying fish for Students

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

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