half·​beak ˈhaf-ˌbēk How to pronounce halfbeak (audio)
: 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)

Examples of halfbeak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, this feature is seen only in a group of small fish called halfbeaks. Jack Tamisiea, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2024 On a recent visit, diners were offered buri (Japanese amberjack), ankimo (monkfish liver), kegani (horsehair crab), shirako (cod milt), and sayori (Japanese halfbeak). William Li, Town & Country, 20 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of halfbeak was in 1880

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“Halfbeak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halfbeak. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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