halfbeak

noun
half·​beak | \ ˈhaf-ˌbēk How to pronounce halfbeak (audio) , ˈhäf- \

Definition of halfbeak

: any of various narrow-bodied fishes of warm waters that have an elongated lower jaw and are grouped with the flying fishes (family Exocoetidae) or placed in their own family (Hemiramphidae)

First Known Use of halfbeak

1880, in the meaning defined above

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“Halfbeak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halfbeak. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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