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flying fish

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.
(initial capital letters) Astronomy. the constellation Volans.
Origin of flying fish
1505-15 Unabridged
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  • Just as they were about to set off the little flying-fish noticed that the other had lost an eye.

    The City Curious Jean de Bosschre
  • They had baited their hooks with flying-fish, as was the practice of the Pikirami people.

    Tessa Louis Becke
  • I have seen acres of flying-fish in the air at once, and great swarms of yellowtail, basking on the surface.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • The flying-fish appear to be the most persecuted of all creatures.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • A snake, not two feet six inches in length, I was assured, can easily swallow a flying-fish eight inches or ten inches long.

  • The remainder of the flying-fish was eaten in the same manner as before.

    The South Sea Whaler W.H.G. Kingston
  • Whilst I was standing on deck at night a flying-fish flew against my throat and hung there, caught in the lace of my dress.

    A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam' Annie Allnut Brassey
  • They were not so large as the California flying-fish, nor did they have any blue color.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • We worked around him awhile, but he would not take a barracuda or a flying-fish.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • To see these flying-fish this way was provocative of thought.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for flying-fish

flying fish

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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