needlefish
Garfish Gar"fish`, n. [See {Gar}, n.] (Zo["o]l.) (a) A European marine fish ({Belone vulgaris}); -- called also {gar}, {gerrick}, {greenback}, {greenbone}, {gorebill}, {hornfish}, {longnose}, {mackerel guide}, {sea needle}, and {sea pike}. (b) One of several species of similar fishes of the genus {Tylosurus}, of which one species ({T. marinus}) is common on the Atlantic coast. {T. Caribb[ae]us}, a very large species, and {T. crassus}, are more southern; -- called also {needlefish}. Many of the common names of the European garfish are also applied to the American species. [1913 Webster]

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  • needlefish — [nēd′ lfish΄] n. pl. needlefish or needlefishes (see FISH) any of a family (Belonidae, order Atheriniformes) of elongated, voracious, marine bony fishes with long jaws and sharp, needlelike teeth …   English World dictionary

  • Needlefish — Nee dle*fish , n. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The European great pipefish ({Siphostoma acus} or {Syngnathus acus}); called also {earl}, and {tanglefish}. (b) The garfish. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Needlefish — For other uses, see Needlefish (disambiguation). Needlefish Tylosurus crocodilus Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • needlefish — /need l fish /, n., pl. (esp. collectively) needlefish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) needlefishes. 1. any fish of the family Belonidae, of warm seas and coastal fresh waters, having a sharp beak and needlelike teeth. 2. a… …   Universalium

  • needlefish — /ˈnidlfɪʃ/ (say needlfish) noun (plural needlefish or needlefishes) 1. any fish of the family Belonidae, with a long sharp beak and needle like teeth, found in all warm seas and in some coastal fresh waters; long tom. 2. → pipefish. Usage: For… …   Australian English dictionary

  • needlefish — noun Date: 1601 1. any of a family (Belonidae) of elongate carnivorous chiefly marine bony fishes that are silvery with blue or green backs and have long slender jaws and sharp teeth 2. pipefish …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • needlefish — noun Slender fish, in the family Belonidae, usually found in shallow marine habitats …   Wiktionary

  • needlefish — n. pipefish, garfish, type of fish that has a long thin snout and needlelike teeth …   English contemporary dictionary

  • needlefish — noun (plural same or needlefishes) North American term for garfish …   English new terms dictionary

  • needlefish — nee•dle•fish [[t]ˈnid lˌfɪʃ[/t]] n. pl. (esp. collectively) fish, (esp. for kinds or species) fish•es. 1) ich any warm water marine fish of the family Belonidae, having long toothed jaws 2) ich a pipefish • Etymology: 1595–1605 …   From formal English to slang

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