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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 spawn in tropical and subtropical waters in the spring through summer.
  • sailfish spawn in tropical and subtropical waters in the spring and throughout the summer.
  • Any white marlin or sailfish boated for pictures or any other reason will not receive tag and release points.
  • Five white marlin, two blue marlin and a sailfish were caught and released.
  • sailfish tend to be found in shallower waters, closer to shore, which allows the use of smaller boats with outboard engines.
  • Only blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish are eligible for billfish catch and release points.
  • Only blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish are eligible for catch and release points.
  • Four blue marlin were released, seven sailfish were released, and no billfish were landed.
  • Most beach hotels have sunfish, sailfish and/or windsurfing boards for hire.
British Dictionary definitions for sailfish

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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