sail·​fish | \ ˈsāl-ˌfish How to pronounce sailfish (audio) \

Definition of sailfish

: any of a genus (Istiophorus, especially I. platypterus) of billfishes having a very large dorsal fin

Examples of sailfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nicholas has already caught fish larger than his jack crevalle, such as the large sailfish for which the family has a replica mounted on the wall of their home. Ed Killer, USA TODAY, 13 Jan. 2022 Skip Dana also enjoyed a successful day with over 20 catches and two catch-and-release sailfish. Emmett Hall,, 4 May 2021 The Meat Wagon fishing team enjoyed a successful day on the ocean with four catch-and-release sailfish. Emmett Hall,, 17 Dec. 2020 The graduates caught a total of 30 fish and released six fish, including the sailfish. Emmett Hall,, 10 Sep. 2020 On the menu for the anglers was a 6-foot sailfish caught by Renee Kempf, of Pompano Beach. Emmett Hall,, 10 Sep. 2020 Dolphins and sailfish leaped beneath the bow of the boat. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 May 2020 In 2013, an amateur angler cast a line into the Cape Cod Canal and reeled in a sailfish., 26 Sep. 2019 Those who dare to go a little father toward the area's oil rigs are also likely to find ling, amber jack, grouper, sailfish, and even tuna. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, 20 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of sailfish

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Sailfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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sail·​fish | \ ˈsāl-ˌfish How to pronounce sailfish (audio) \

Kids Definition of sailfish

: a fish with a large fin like a sail on its back

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