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 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 At this resort, famed for its quiet allure and world-class sportfishing, expect to bag marlin, sailfish, or dorado—with the help of experienced guides—and then dine on your catch that evening. Jenny Peters, National Geographic, "Baja California Sur: The ultimate road trip," 25 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of sailfish

1879, in the meaning defined above

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11 Dec 2019

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“Sailfish.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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