Definition of marlin
: any of several large marine billfishes (genera Makaira and Tetrapturus) that are notable sport fishes
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No marlin were caught in the tournament, which was Saturday and Sunday.
Florida angler hauls in 771-pound blue marlin Howard, of Boone, Iowa, was fishing on Rathbun Lake in Appanoose County, Iowa, in the southern part of the state.
Here, the world’s top blue-water hunters, Melani among them, dive for prized pelagics, such as tuna, marlin, wahoo, and other deep-water predators.
A splash of tart habanero salsa didn’t hurt the marlin at all.
Phillip Heasley, fishing aboard the Kallianassa out of Naples, Fla., had caught the only white marlin entered into the tournament.
The menu nods to the exhaustive selections of traditional cantinas and to a restaurant-savvy clientele (the meatballs are topped with bone marrow; the flautas filled with stewed marlin), meticulously prepared but with respectfully few modern twists.
Overfishing has depleted 90 percent of large fish, such as tuna, swordfish, marlin, cod, halibut, skates, and flounder.
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Origin and Etymology of marlin
short for marlinspike; from the appearance of its beak
First Known Use: 1917See Words from the same year
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Definition of marlin for English Language Learners
: a large fish that lives in the sea and that people catch for sport
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