Surf fish
Surf Surf, n. [Formerly spelled suffe, and probably the same word as E. sough.] The swell of the sea which breaks upon the shore, esp. upon a sloping beach. [1913 Webster]

{Surf bird} (Zo["o]l.), a ploverlike bird of the genus {Aphriza}, allied to the turnstone.

{Surf clam} (Zo["o]l.), a large clam living on the open coast, especially {Mactra solidissima} (syn. {Spisula solidissima}). See {Mactra}.

{Surf duck} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of sea ducks of the genus {Oidemia}, especially {Oidemia percpicillata}; -- called also {surf scoter}. See the Note under {Scoter}.

{Surf fish} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of California embiotocoid fishes. See {Embiotocoid}.

{Surf smelt}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Smelt}.

{Surf whiting}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Whiting}. [1913 Webster]


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