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 Unmarked floating chests containing two cases were scattered in a bay full of flying fish. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 9 Apr. 2024 The Spengler gang angling for a ghostly flying fish in New York City. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 29 Jan. 2024 Many migrant species rarely seen from Puerto Rico proper come close to shore: dolphins, pilot whales, tiger sharks, bluefin tuna, flying fish. Carina Del Valle Schorske, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2024 To chronicle the larval fish and other creatures, including adult squid and octopus and flying fish, Kovacs dives not just off Florida, but off Hawaii, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan, Mexico and the Cayman Islands. Joe Spring, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Dec. 2023 Many offshore anglers attribute it to the color, which helps a Green Machine match everything from juvenile bonita to mackerel to flying fish, all of which are staples in Gulf Stream waters. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 Things people recognize, like flying fish, will be popular. Joe Spring, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Dec. 2023 Water Grill will offer Kumamoto and Pacific oysters, along with the honeymoon oyster prepared with urchin lobe, salmon roe and two types of tobiko (flying fish roe), quail egg yolk and green onion. The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Aug. 2023 What do the flying fish represent? Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1511, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flying fish was circa 1511

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“Flying fish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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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