swordfish

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noun sword·fish \ˈsȯrd-ˌfish\

Definition of swordfish

  1. :  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

Illustration of swordfish

15th Century

First Known Use of swordfish

15th century


SWORDFISH Defined for English Language Learners

swordfish

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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

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noun sword·fish \ˈsȯrd-ˌfish\

Definition of swordfish for Students

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swordfish

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swordfishes

  1. :  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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