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halfbeak

[haf-beek, hahf-] /ˈhæfˌbik, ˈhɑf-/
noun
1.
any of several marine fishes of the family Hemiramphidae, having a greatly elongated lower jaw.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; half + beak
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halfbeak

/ˈhɑːfˌbiːk/
noun
1.
any marine and freshwater teleost fish of the tropical and subtropical family Hemiramphidae, having an elongated body with a short upper jaw and a long protruding lower jaw
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halfbeak

any of about 70 species of marine and freshwater fishes of the family Exocoetidae (order Atheriniformes), sometimes placed in the family Hemirhamphidae. Halfbeaks are named for their unusual jaws-the upper is short and triangular, and the lower is long, slim, and beaklike. The fish are silvery, slender, and up to about 45 centimetres (18 inches) long. They can skip across the water to escape from danger, and some are able to make short, gliding flights like the related flying fish (q.v.). Many halfbeaks are egg layers; the others bear live young

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