flying-fish

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:
1505–15

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flying fish
 
n
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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