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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web While caviar comes from sturgeon, Tobiko roe comes from flying fish and is served with sushi. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2022 The folks from the Mushroom Kingdom are on full display, as are some flying fish and lots and lots of obstacles for Mario to traverse in order to get to Princess Peach in the tower above. Nick Romano,, 4 Oct. 2022 The women encountered other obstacles on the water, such as being hit by flying fish. Fox News, 30 July 2022 The seafood linguine with flying fish roe is a winner, as is the sea bass fillet with gnocchi, eggplant, and cashew, in lemon butter and cilantro. Isabelle Kliger, Forbes, 1 June 2022 On the right, six flying fish flash by like oversize dragonflies. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 The Big Island’s Mauna Lani Auberge Resorts Collection, which is spread out on 32 acres of beach surrounded by black lava rock and ancient fish ponds filled with mālolo (flying fish), recently finished a $200 million top-to-bottom renovation. Diana Spechler, Robb Report, 22 Mar. 2022 Exhibits include a Bone Hall (with giant sea turtle and flying fish skeletons) and a Hall of Human Origins. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 23 Jan. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Flying fish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

flying fish


: any of numerous sea fishes having long fins that look like wings and are used to glide some distance through the air

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