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[sawrd-fish, sohrd-] /ˈsɔrdˌfɪʃ, ˈsoʊrd-/
noun, plural swordfishes (especially collectively) swordfish for 1.
a large, marine food fish, Xiphias gladius, having the upper jaw elongated into a swordlike structure.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Dorado.
Origin of swordfish
1350-1400; Middle English; see sword, fish Unabridged
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Examples from the web for swordfish
  • Although swordfish were certainly considered edible, tuna and marlin were thought of as strictly objects of the hunt.
  • The chunky fennel vinaigrette also goes well with tuna steaks or swordfish.
  • Flatfish are the closest living relatives to swordfish and marlins.
  • swordfish can temporarily raise the temperature of their brains and eyes, which gives it an edge when hunting fast-moving prey.
  • Cobia is a near perfect cross between grouper and swordfish.
  • Scientists are uncertain as to what attracts the leatherbacks to the hooks, which are used primarily to catch swordfish and tuna.
  • The repellent would be applied to baits intended for tuna, swordfish, and other fish.
  • Tender and juicy kebabs with grilled chicken or swordfish in a yogurt marinade.
  • Look for swordfish carpaccio, chestnut flour tagliatelle with sausage and wild fennel and stuffed wild boar.
  • Charter companies offer reef fishing, and game fishing for species such as tuna, swordfish and marlin.
British Dictionary definitions for swordfish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
a large scombroid fish, Xiphias gladius, with a very long upper jaw: valued as a food and game fish: family Xiphiidae
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Word Origin and History for swordfish

c.1400, from sword + fish (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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