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[bil-fish] /ˈbɪlˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) billfish (especially 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.
Origin of billfish
1775-85, Americanism; bill2 + fish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for billfish
  • If you catch the famous billfish, you can keep it if it's your first or you plan to fillet and eat the meat.
  • billfish are generally caught and released, so bring your camera.
  • The tournament provides divisions for offshore fishing and fly fishing, as well as the largest tarpon and billfish.
  • Anglers typically imagine boating a billfish or slicing fresh sashimi from a yellowfin.
  • Indeed, billfish and tuna proved to be only distant relatives.
  • billfish boated for any reason will not qualify for release points.
  • All billfish to be released may not be removed from the water.
British Dictionary definitions for billfish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
(US) any of various fishes having elongated jaws, esp any fish of the family Istiophoridae, such as the spearfish and marlin
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