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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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 Instructors even are available for those who want to learn to fly fish off the shore at Mountain Creek Lake. 2:00 p.m. Julia Sayers |, al, "How to spend 24 hours in Callaway Gardens," 29 July 2019 Are birds ingesting plastic with their flying fish, and is that affecting them? Susan Goldberg, National Geographic, "These tiny fish reveal our oceans’ biggest problem: plastic," 12 June 2019 One day, a buddy asked him to teach a friend to fly fish at El Capitan Reservoir. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Toothy air show wows as local guide fly-fishes for mako sharks," 12 July 2019 Besides serving as prey for larger fish, including sharks, flying fish are primary prey for 95 percent of Hawaiian seabirds. Susan Goldberg, National Geographic, "These tiny fish reveal our oceans’ biggest problem: plastic," 12 June 2019 The menu runs for pages — everything from fatty tuna rolls to poached octopus to kamikaze rolls of eel, cucumber, shrimp, flying fish roe, spicy mayo, and sweet soy sauce., "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 20 June 2019 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

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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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