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marlin1

[mahr-lin] /ˈmɑr lɪn/
noun, plural (especially collectively) marlin (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) marlins.
1.
any large, saltwater game fish of the genera Makaira and Tetrapterus, having the upper jaw elongated into a spearlike structure.
Origin of marlin1
1915-1920
1915-20, Americanism; short for marlinespike

marlin2

[mahr-lin] /ˈmɑr lɪn/
noun
1.

Marlin

[mahr-lin] /ˈmɑr lɪn/
noun
1.
a male given name.
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marlin

/ˈmɑːlɪn/
noun (pl) -lin, -lins
1.
any of several large scombroid food and game fishes of the genera Makaira, Istiompax, and Tetrapturus, of warm and tropical seas, having a very long upper jaw: family Istiophoridae Also called spearfish
Word Origin
C20: from marlinespike; with allusion to the shape of the beak

marline

/ˈmɑːlɪn/
noun
1.
(nautical) a light rope, usually tarred, made of two strands laid left-handed
Word Origin
C15: from Dutch marlijn, from marren to tie + lijn line
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Word Origin and History for marlin
n.

large marine game-fish, 1917, shortening of marlinspike fish (1907), from marlinspike, name of a pointed iron tool used by sailors (see marlinspike). The fish was so called from the shape of its elongated upper jaw.

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