spear·​fish | \ ˈspir-ˌfish How to pronounce spearfish (audio) \

Definition of spearfish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of several billfishes (genus Tetrapturus) having the anterior part of the first dorsal fin about as high as the body is deep


spearfished; spearfishing; spearfishes

Definition of spearfish (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fish with a spear

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Examples of spearfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There, the ocean is filled with Pacific blue marlin, tuna, mahi-mahi, and spearfish. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, 22 Jan. 2018 Recent studies have shown that gelatinous animals feature prominently in the diets of spearfish and two different types of tuna. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 31 Mar. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In a day, most will stay in their shanties for as long as they're allowed to spearfish—sun up until 1 p.m.— and then head off to socialize and celebrate into the evening. Amanda Ogle, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 Nov. 2021 People that haven’t seen each other all year get together to spearfish for sturgeon. Amanda Ogle, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 Nov. 2021 Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Coleman learned to spearfish and sail as a boy, according to the website for his company, Lovewater Surf Co., which offers lessons and rentals in Santa Barbara. Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2021 Taylor started diving at just 21, learning to spearfish before turning her focus toward the mysteries of sharks and marine conservation. Kate Hogan, PEOPLE.com, 22 July 2021 The Vilas County Sheriff's Office said that shots fired on Little Saint Germain Lake Saturday night were not meant to frighten tribal harvesters spearfishing at a pier nearby, but a tribal agency has countered that claim. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 May 2020 In August 2017, a week after telling the U.S. to shed its embassy staff in Russia, Putin shed his shirt and braved the cold waters on a spearfishing vacation in southern Siberia's mountains. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, 21 Feb. 2020 The fish and wildlife commission also gave further consideration to a highly controversial move to restrict angling, trapping and spearfishing in Biscayne National Park in South Florida to boost sizes and numbers of fish. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, 2 Oct. 2019 The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says 39-year-old Jacob Hansen broke the state record for spearfishing a tiger muskie fish June 13 at Fish Lake in southern Utah. USA TODAY, 15 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of spearfish


circa 1882, in the meaning defined above


circa 1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Spearfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spearfish. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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