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[bohn-fish] /ˈboʊnˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural bonefishes (especially collectively) bonefish.
a marine game fish, Albula vulpes, found in shallow tropical waters, having a skeleton composed of numerous small, fine bones.
Also called ladyfish.
Origin of bonefish
1725-35, Americanism; bone1 + fish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Biology and management of the world tarpon and bonefish fisheries.
  • The pervasive silence is broken only by the occasional canoe paddle or the riffle of an angry bonefish.
  • These writers catch trout, tarpon and bonefish and shoot antelope or deer, ducks or ruffed grouse.
  • Our receivers also recorded shark and bonefish movements.
  • The strong and fast bonefish and other fish are plentiful around the southern shores of the island.
  • Many an adventurer has kayaked the shallow back-country waters or fished elusive bonefish on the flats.
  • Salt flats fly fishing is likely to get you hooked on tarpon, bonefish and permit, among others.
  • The bonefish is the type species of the albulidae, or bonefishes.
British Dictionary definitions for bonefish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
a silvery marine clupeoid game fish, Albula vulpes, occurring in warm shallow waters: family Albulidae
a similar related fish, Dixonina nemoptera, of the Pacific Ocean
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