billfish
Marlins, sailfish, spearfish and swordfish; that is, where the snout is extended into a bill or \'spear\'.

Fisheries — dictionary. . 2004.

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  • billfish — ☆ billfish [bil′fish΄ ] n. pl. billfish or billfishes (see FISH) any of various fishes with long, narrow jaws that resemble a beak, as many gars or swordfish; esp., any of a family (Istiophoridae) of percoid fishes, as the marlin …   English World dictionary

  • Billfish — Bill fish (b[i^]l f[i^]sh ), n. (Zo[ o]l.) A name applied to several distinct fishes: (a) The garfish ({Tylosurus longirostris}, or {Belone longirostris}) and allied species. (b) The saury, a slender fish of the Atlantic coast ({Scomberesox… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Billfish — The term billfish is applied to a number of different large, predatory fish characterised by their large size (swordfish can be over 4 metres long) and their long, sword like bill. Billfish include the sailfish and marlin, which make up the… …   Wikipedia

  • billfish — Saury Sau ry, n.; pl. {Sauries}. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Zo[ o]l.) A slender marine fish ({Scomberesox saurus}) of Europe and America. It has long, thin, beaklike jaws. Called also {billfish}, {gowdnook}, {gawnook}, {skipper}, {skipjack},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • billfish — /bil fish /, n., pl. (esp. collectively) billfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) billfishes. any of various fishes having a long, sharp bill or snout, as a gar, needlefish, or saury. [1775 85, Amer.; BILL2 + FISH] * * * Any of… …   Universalium

  • billfish — /ˈbɪlfɪʃ/ (say bilfish) noun (plural billfish or billfishes) any of various large game fish as the marlin, or the sailfish, in which the upper jaw projects in a long spear like process. Usage: For variation in the plural inflection, see note at… …   Australian English dictionary

  • billfish — dėmėtoji kaimanžuvė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Lepisosteus oculatus angl. billfish; short nosed gar; spotted gar rus. пятнистая панцирная щука ryšiai: platesnis terminas – ilgasnukės kaimanžuvės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • billfish — ilgasnukė kaimanžuvė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Lepisosteus osseus angl. billfish; common; garpike; long nosed gar rus. длиннорылый панцирник ryšiai: platesnis terminas – ilgasnukės kaimanžuvės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • billfish — noun Date: 1782 a fish with long slender jaws; especially any of various bony fishes (families Istiophoridae and Xiphiidae) with an elongated tapering upper jaw including marlins, spearfishes, and sailfishes …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • billfish — a general term for those fishes having a bill, e.g. swordfishes, Xiphiidae …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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