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sailfish

[seyl-fish] /ˈseɪlˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) sailfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) sailfishes.
1.
a large tropical and subtropical marine fish, Istiophorus platypterus, of the family Istiophoridae, distinguished by a long, high dorsal fin, long pelvic fins, and a double keel on each side of the tail.
2.
any of several related fishes having a high dorsal fin.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; sail + fish
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sailfish

/ˈseɪlˌfɪʃ/
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
1.
any of several large scombroid game fishes of the genus Istiophorus, such as I. albicans (Atlantic sailfish), of warm and tropical seas: family Istiophoridae. They have an elongated upper jaw and a long sail-like dorsal fin
2.
another name for basking shark
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