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 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, "Set sail with these 10 books about epic ocean voyages," 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, "Pursuit as Happiness," 1 June 2020 These small businesses depend on tourism from travelers who come to fly fish, attend the rodeo, or visit Yellowstone, especially in the summer months. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal," 15 May 2020 Meantime, anglers on Alabama’s TVA lakes should keep their eyes open for flying fish. Frank Sargeant, al, "Warning to anglers: Invasive carp moving up Tennessee River," 22 Jan. 2020 Tempura shrimp is surrounded with spicy tuna salad, crab salad, avocado and nori, then draped with raw salmon and yellowtail, and sprinkled with bright orange tobiko (flying fish roe), and crunchy tempura bits. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Ninja Sushi and Hibachi: Finding fine sushi on Lake Erie shores," 3 Jan. 2020 Mitchell’s talk will cover local waters, locations and the best time of the year, day and tide to fly fish for these saltwater species., "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 25 Sep. 2019 Roboticists at Imperial College London and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology have developed a new type of glider that swiftly jumps from sea to air like a flying fish. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "This Glider Is Powered by a Chemical Reaction—Not an Engine," 11 Sep. 2019 Nonnative species such as common dolphins, which are normally seen in Mexico, as well as booby seabirds and flying fish, were spotted in California. Peter Fimrite,, "‘Blob’ of warm Pacific water is back — could be trouble for marine life and weather," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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21 Sep 2020

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“Flying fish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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