sailfish
noun Date: 1879 any of a genus (Istiophorus, especially I. platypterus) of billfishes having a very large dorsal fin

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  • sailfish — [sālfish΄] n. pl. sailfish or sailfishes (see FISH) any of a genus (Istiophorus, family Istiophoridae) of large, tropical marine billfishes with elongated scales, a sail like dorsal fin, and a sword shaped upper jaw …   English World dictionary

  • Sailfish — Sail fish, n. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The banner fish, or spikefish ({Histiophorus}.) (b) The basking, or liver, shark. (c) The quillback. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sailfish — This article is about the fish. For the submarines, see USS Sailfish.Taxobox name = Sailfishes fossil range = fossilrange|14|0Middle Miocene to Present [cite journal last = Sepkoski first = Jack authorlink = coauthors = title = A compendium of… …   Wikipedia

  • sailfish — /sayl fish /, n., pl. (esp. collectively) sailfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) sailfishes. 1. a large tropical and subtropical marine fish, Istiophorus platypterus, of the family Istiophoridae, distinguished by a long, high… …   Universalium

  • sailfish — Liver Liv er, n. [AS. lifer; akin to D. liver, G. leber, OHG. lebara, Icel. lifr, Sw. lefver, and perh. to Gr. ? fat, E. live, v.] (Anat.) A very large glandular and vascular organ in the visceral cavity of all vertebrates. [1913 Webster] Note:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sailfish — Quillback Quill back , n. (Zo[ o]l.) An American fresh water fish ({Ictiobus cyprinus} syn. {Carpiodes cyprinus}); called also {carp sucker}, {sailfish}, {spearfish}, and {skimback}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sailfish — /ˈseɪlfɪʃ/ (say saylfish) noun (plural sailfish or sailfishes) any of the large marine fishes constituting the genus Istiophorus, characterised by a very large dorsal fin likened to a sail, and related to the swordfishes, as I. ludibundus of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • sailfish — noun A fish of the genus Istiophorus, having a characteristic sail like fin on its back …   Wiktionary

  • sailfish — n. species of marine fish with a large dorsal fin and long swordlike upper jaw …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sailfish — noun (plural same or sailfishes) an edible migratory billfish with a high sail like dorsal fin. [Istiophorus platypterus and related species.] …   English new terms dictionary

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