sword·​fish | \ ˈsȯrd-ˌfish How to pronounce swordfish (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Schultz and his fishing team caught the 301-pound swordfish about 50 miles off the shore at Washington Canyon. Michael Hollan, Fox News, 29 July 2021 Peter Schultz, aboard the boat the Reel One, caught a 301-pound swordfish at the Big Fish Classic Tournament on July 23, setting a state record. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 30 July 2021 An angler in Maryland got his name in the records books after hauling in a massive swordfish. Michael Hollan, Fox News, 29 July 2021 Take to the stove or oven instead, where your finished swordfish will be no less moist and ready for any topping or sauce. Kendra Vaculin, Bon Appétit, 25 June 2021 At the restaurant, the swordfish is seared, sliced, then finished at the table, in a screaming-hot cast iron serving skillet (think fajita-style). Dallas News, 1 June 2021 The restaurant’s signature cinematic platings — popcorn shrimp brought out in a popcorn machine, a swordfish with a giant samurai sword protruding from it — were perfect for television. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 20 May 2021 But perhaps these swordfish had aimed for smaller prey, and rammed something else by mistake. Joshua Sokol, New York Times, 27 Oct. 2020 In a restaurant, waiters bring you your food, often offer witty banter, and can tell you which blend of white will go best with your swordfish. Samantha Leach, Glamour, 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of swordfish

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Swordfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swordfish. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of swordfish

: 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


sword·​fish | \ ˈsȯrd-ˌfish How to pronounce swordfish (audio) \
plural swordfish or swordfishes

Kids Definition of swordfish

: 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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