sailfish

noun
sail·​fish | \ˈsāl-ˌfish \

Definition of sailfish 

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

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That bycatch draws the attention of a world of predator species — king and Spanish mackerel, shark, ling, dorado, tuna, little tunny and, occasionally, a wild card such as sailfish or wahoo. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Better days ahead for Texas offshore anglers," 23 June 2018 The bait attracts a variety of gamefish, including dolphin, wahoo, sailfish, amberjacks and sharks. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "Fishing for blackfin tunas? Here is a great and fun place in the Florida Keys to do that," 14 June 2018 The striped marlin and Pacific sailfish came during a January 2017 Los Suenos Triple Crown Billfish Tournament out of Costa Rica. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Billfish Slam: Woman lands 10 stunning fish species in 11 months," 27 Mar. 2018 And sometimes a dolphin trip will produce sailfish, wahoo, blackfin tuna, white marlin or blue marlin. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "“Mahi Madness:” Some tips on taking advantage of Dolphin fishing in the Florida Keys | Miami Herald," 18 May 2018 Other species removed from the overfishing list included stocks of sailfish, winter flounder, and blue king crab, while other additions included stocks of greater amberjack, red grouper, and red hake. Patrick Whittle, BostonGlobe.com, "US says number of overfished fish stocks at all-time low," 18 May 2018 Other species removed from the overfishing list included stocks of sailfish, winter flounder and blue king crab, while other additions included stocks of greater amberjack, red grouper and red hake. Washington Post, "US says number of overfished fish stocks at all-time low," 17 May 2018 The baitfish attract sailfish as well as other species such as kingfish, dolphin and tuna. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "This is the best time for sailfishing in South Florida | Miami Herald," 16 Feb. 2018 The first trip was offshore for sailfish and maybe marlin. Steve Meyer, Alaska Dispatch News, "Whether fishing in Alaska or Costa Rica, how you succeed is as important as the success itself," 31 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of sailfish

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sailfish was in 1879

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sailfish

noun
sail·​fish | \ˈsāl-ˌfish \

Kids Definition of sailfish

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

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