ladyfish

noun

la·​dy·​fish ˈlā-dē-ˌfish How to pronounce ladyfish (audio)
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: a large silvery bony fish (Elops saurus) of the western Atlantic that is related to the tarpon and is often caught for sport

Examples of ladyfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yellowfin Tuna Fishing: Tips and Tactics Chunk fishing with menhaden, blue runners, mullet, or ladyfish works for the smaller blackfin tuna and yellowfin in the 30 to 50-pound range, but slow trolling live bait tends to deliver bigger bites. David A. Brown, Field & Stream, 7 Mar. 2024 On the good days, pier fishermen are catching a lot of undersized mutton snappers, pompano, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, jack crevalles, big ladyfish and lots of bluerunners. Alan Sherman, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Out in the open waters close to the Gulf of Mexico, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and jack crevalles were bending his client’s fishing rods. Alan Sherman, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The inside waters, where the islands protect you from the wind, are holding some snappers, ladyfish, sea trout, jacks and a few snook and redfish. Alan Sherman, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Upon an imperceptible signal, the ladyfish stopped circling. Steve West, sun-sentinel.com, 7 May 2021 Expert guesses poured in, identifying the bird of prey as an osprey and the fish as a ladyfish — not a shark. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, 3 July 2020 Cut ladyfish or mullet on circle hooks often tempts saws, which remain safely tethered until the team’s same-hour return. David A. Brown, Field & Stream, 13 Dec. 2019 Try surface plugs near bait pods at daybreak for redfish along with a few trout, ladyfish and small tarpon. Mark Blythe, OrlandoSentinel.com, 28 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ladyfish was in 1712

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“Ladyfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ladyfish. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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