sword·​fish ˈsȯrd-ˌfish How to pronounce swordfish (audio)
: a very large scombroid fish (Xiphias gladius of the family Xiphiidae) that has a long swordlike beak formed by the bones of the upper jaw and is an important food and game fish

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Examples of swordfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As an experienced angler and fishing charter guide, Rich said he’s hauled in big catches before, including a 285-pound swordfish with an electric reel, but no qualifying record-breaking fish. Olivia Lloyd, Miami Herald, 16 May 2024 The Cottage The Cottage may be the only Broadway play in recent history to get away with one of its characters attempting to use a swordfish as a weapon. Christian Holub, EW.com, 14 Dec. 2023 While many of the creations at GW Fins require butchering fish and accessing specialized equipment, such as dry-aging refrigeration, sous vides and smokers, Nelson encourages home cooks to think of fish, especially meaty species, like swordfish, as just another flavorful protein. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2024 Owens treats the swordfish like a steak, so slice each swordfish medallion or steak and set them together upright on the yogurt. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Mar. 2024 Season both sides of the swordfish with salt, pepper, and sumac. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Mar. 2024 Old swordfish have even been caught with bills worn down to nubs. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 9 Nov. 2023 The medieval hilltop town has plentiful accommodation options, along with charming seafood spots and wine bars serving local swordfish and crisp Sardinian whites. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 9 Mar. 2024 While fishes like swordfish and sawsharks wield dramatic upper-jaw protrusions, very few species possess elongated lower jaw protrusions. Jack Tamisiea, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2024

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First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of swordfish was in the 15th century

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“Swordfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swordfish. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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sword·​fish -ˌfish How to pronounce swordfish (audio)
: a very large ocean fish that has a long swordlike beak formed by the bones of the upper jaw and is an important food and game fish

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