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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 of sailfish
1585-1595
1585-95; sail + fish
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  • We stowed him up in the bow and got under way again, and scarcely had I let my bait far enough astern when a sailfish hit it.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • sailfish had been caught occasionally at Long Key, during every season.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • The sailfish sheered round on the surface, with tail and bill out, while the shark swam about five feet under him.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • I never liked it, but with the sailfish I at least was not nervous about him attacking the boat.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • And I have had a sailfish run off three hundred yards of line and jump all the time he was doing it.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Still, we do not know much about sailfish or how to take them.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • And the obvious reason is that nobody seems to take the trouble to get what might be proper bait for sailfish.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • sailfish would jump around us for a while and then they would stop.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • But as I fish for sailfish with a free-running reel, of course I am exasperated when a kingfish takes hold.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • That was a magnificent strike, and of course I thought it was one of the sailfish.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
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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