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flying fish

noun
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.
(initial capital letters) Astronomy. the constellation Volans.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15
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  • flying fish rely on a similar flow of accelerated air from their pectoral fins to provide lift to their smaller pelvic fins.
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  • After much time and effort, a flying fish finally cooperates with the camera.
  • It is possible that albatrosses ingest so much plastic because of their habit of preying on the eggs of flying fish.
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  • The fishermen used a variety of techniques to catch flying fish that were then used as bait for larger fish species.
  • They often hunt in large groups, and are nimble enough to snare flying fish from the air.
British Dictionary definitions for flying fish

flying fish

noun
1.
any marine teleost fish of the family Exocoetidae, common in warm and tropical seas, having enlarged winglike pectoral fins used for gliding above the surface of the water
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