white marlin

noun

Definition of white marlin

: a marlin (Tetrapturas albidus) of the Atlantic Ocean that is blue above and silvery-white below, may reach a length of about 9 feet (2.7 meters) and a weight of 180 pounds (81.6 kilograms), and is a popular sport fish

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Recent Examples on the Web Jordan’s boat was fishing for white marlin, and the largest catch, caught by Johnny Hinkle of Fish Whistle, weighed in at 79.5 pounds for $1.46 million. Giana Han, baltimoresun.com, "Michael Jordan fishes for the biggest with the best at White Marlin Open in Ocean City," 10 Aug. 2019 And sometimes a dolphin trip will produce sailfish, wahoo, blackfin tuna, white marlin or blue marlin. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "“Mahi Madness:” Some tips on taking advantage of Dolphin fishing in the Florida Keys | Miami Herald," 18 May 2018 The billfish slam requires catches of Atlantic blue marlin, Pacific blue marlin, black marlin, white marlin, striped marlin, Atlantic sailfish, Pacific sailfish, swordfish and spearfish. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Billfish Slam: Woman lands 10 stunning fish species in 11 months," 27 Mar. 2018 In September the quest moved to North Carolina, where Sabin added a white marlin (and a roundscale spearfish) to her tally. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Billfish Slam: Woman lands 10 stunning fish species in 11 months," 27 Mar. 2018 But three days later, the tournament deemed it the only qualifying white marlin of the five-day open. Ben Finley, Houston Chronicle, "The one that got away: Not the fish, but the $2.8M prize," 16 Dec. 2017 But three days later, the tournament deemed it the only qualifying white marlin of the five-day open. Ben Finley, The Seattle Times, "The one that got away: Not the fish, but the $2.8M prize," 16 Dec. 2017

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circa 1950, in the meaning defined above

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“White marlin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20marlin. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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