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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