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

Examples of flying fish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Australian Kareena Lee, who finished in third place and earned a bronze medal, had another element to contend with -- flying fish. Rebecca Saunders, CNN, 5 Aug. 2021 Farther west are Hangar 7 and the Marine Air Terminal, known as Terminal A, where terra cotta flying fish symbolize the Boeing 314 Clipper flying boats that skimmed across nearby Bowery Bay in 1939. Craig Ruttle, Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 Today, tourists rent motor scooters to cruise along the bumpy island road, stopping for snaps at rocky overlooks and beaches lined with boats for catching flying fish – and the flowers that give Orchid its name. Ralph Jennings, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 May 2021 As the officers pulled them from the water, Day, 41, and the other Vietnamese men piled into lifeboats and watched their craft — laden with several hundred pounds of tuna, mackerel, grouper and flying fish — begin to float away. Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2020 The legendary flying fish party is on at the Flora-Bama. J.d. Crowe |, al, 23 Oct. 2020 The stars, the birds, the sunsets and sunrises, the porpoises and flying fish and whales — it’s just amazing. Alisha Prakash, Travel + Leisure, 21 Sep. 2020 His wonderfully entertaining tale features close calls with pirates off Gibraltar, breakfasting on flying fish in the Pacific, and visiting with explorer Henry Stanley in South Africa. Karen Carmichael, National Geographic, 9 Sep. 2020 There was a dark, heavy stream close in to the Morro—sometimes there would be acres of bait—and there were flying fish going out from under the bows and birds working all the time. Ernest Hemingway, The New Yorker, 1 June 2020

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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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17 Aug 2021

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“Flying fish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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 glide for a distance through the air

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