flying fish
noun Date: circa 1511 any of numerous bony fishes (family Exocoetidae) chiefly of tropical and warm seas that are capable of long gliding flights out of water by spreading their large pectoral fins like wings

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  • Flying fish — Flying Fly ing, a. [From {Fly}, v. i.] Moving in the air with, or as with, wings; moving lightly or rapidly; intended for rapid movement. [1913 Webster] {Flying army} (Mil.) a body of cavalry and infantry, kept in motion, to cover its own… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flying fish — flying fishes N VAR (flying fish can also be used as the plural form.) Flying fish are a type of fish that live in warm seas. They have large fins that enable them to move forward in the air when they jump out of the water …   English dictionary

  • Flying fish — Fly ing fish (Zo[ o]l.) A fish which is able to leap from the water, and fly a considerable distance by means of its large and long pectoral fins. These fishes belong to several species of the genus {Exoc[oe]tus}, and are found in the warmer… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flying fish — n a type of sea fish that can jump out of the water and move along in the air for a short way …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • flying fish — noun count a fish that can move through the air by using its large FINS as wings …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • flying fish — ► NOUN ▪ a fish of warm seas which leaps out of the water and uses its wing like pectoral fins to glide for some distance …   English terms dictionary

  • Flying fish — Taxobox name = Flyingfish image width = 180px image caption = Sailfin flying fish Parexocoetus brachypterus regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Actinopterygii ordo = Beloniformes familia = Exocoetidae subdivision ranks = Genera… …   Wikipedia

  • flying fish — 1. any fish of the family Exocoetidae, having stiff and greatly enlarged pectoral fins enabling it to glide considerable distances through the air after leaping from the water. 2. (caps.) Astron. the constellation Volans. [1505 15] * * * Any of… …   Universalium

  • flying fish — noun tropical marine fishes having enlarged winglike fins used for brief gliding flight • Hypernyms: ↑teleost fish, ↑teleost, ↑teleostan • Hyponyms: ↑monoplane flying fish, ↑two wing flying fish, ↑biplane flying fish, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • flying fish — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms flying fish : singular flying fish plural flying fish a fish that can move through the air by using its large fins as wings …   English dictionary

  • flying fish — /ˈflaɪɪŋ fɪʃ/ (say fluying fish) noun (plural flying fish or flying fishes) any of certain fishes with winglike pectoral fins which help them to glide for some distance through the air after leaping from the water, especially of the family… …   Australian English dictionary

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