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 The Meat Wagon fishing team enjoyed a successful day on the ocean with four catch-and-release sailfish. Emmett Hall,, "First Fish for the Cure reels in support for American Cancer Society," 17 Dec. 2020 The graduates caught a total of 30 fish and released six fish, including the sailfish. Emmett Hall,, "Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing seminar a virtual success," 10 Sep. 2020 On the menu for the anglers was a 6-foot sailfish caught by Renee Kempf, of Pompano Beach. Emmett Hall,, "Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing seminar a virtual success," 10 Sep. 2020 Dolphins and sailfish leaped beneath the bow of the boat. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Remote Solomon Islands Are a Diver's Paradise in the South Pacific," 22 May 2020 In 2013, an amateur angler cast a line into the Cape Cod Canal and reeled in a sailfish., "A short documentary exploring climate change on Cape Cod," 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, "A quiet sport: Galveston offers great fishing activities," 20 Sep. 2019 In genial but intense interviews Stephenson explains how his ideas are often derived from nature, drawing inspiration from sailfish for the McLaren P1 and from female anatomy for the Mini. Peter Keough,, "Doc Talk: On the field, behind the camera, at the wheel, in the lab," 7 Aug. 2019 Mary Jurczyk pointed to a large sailfish above the fireplace mantel. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "German solider captured after the Battle of the Bulge remembered for living the American dream," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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29 Jan 2021

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

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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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