swordfish

noun sword·fish \ ˈsȯrd-ˌfish \

Definition of swordfish

: 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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First Known Use of swordfish

15th century


SWORDFISH Defined for English Language Learners

swordfish

noun

Definition of swordfish for English Language Learners

  • : a very large fish that lives in the ocean, that has a long, pointed upper jaw which looks like a sword, and that is eaten as food


SWORDFISH Defined for Kids

swordfish

noun sword·fish \ ˈsȯrd-ˌfish \

Definition of swordfish for Students

plural swordfish or swordfishes
: a large ocean fish that has a long pointed bill formed by the bones of the upper jaw and is often used for food


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