nee·​dle·​fish | \ ˈnē-dᵊl-ˌfish How to pronounce needlefish (audio) \

Definition of needlefish

1 : any of a family (Belonidae) of elongate carnivorous chiefly marine bony fishes that are silvery with blue or green backs and have long slender jaws and sharp teeth
2 : pipefish

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Examples of needlefish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lures with frantic actions send out lots of vibrations through the water, but the needlefish does the opposite. John Merwin, Field & Stream, "The 25 Best Striper Surf Lures of All Time," 23 Oct. 2019 Two needlefish jetted from the water and nearly landed in the cockpit. Porter Fox, New York Times, "On a Bahamas Sail, 8 Friends Get a Taste of Robinson Crusoe," 18 Dec. 2019 There were fluttering butterflyfish, rock-threading needlefish and enough lemon-yellow tangs to fill a fruit stand. Brian J. Cantwell,, "Rainy day on Maui? Here are 5 great things to do beyond the beach," 24 Apr. 2018 Translucent wafers of Korean fluke are wrapped in kelp to cure; sayori (needlefish) is slivered and marinated in soy; and tender lobes of rich uni are glazed with miso. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Los Angeles Magazine Hot Restaurant List for July 2017," 18 July 2017 Anglers have been catching plenty of trout in the 20 to 24 inch range using rapalas, dick nites, needlefish, and various fly patterns. Colorado Parks & Wildlife, The Denver Post, "Colorado fishing report for week of June 11, 2017," 11 June 2017

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First Known Use of needlefish

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Needlefish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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