garfish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n garfish primitive predaceous North American fish covered with hard scales and having long jaws with needlelike teeth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The garfish has green bones
    • n Garfish (Zoöl) A European marine fish (Belone vulgaris); -- called also gar gerrick greenback greenbone gorebill hornfish longnose mackerel guide sea needle, and sea pike.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n garfish A fish with a long snout or beak resulting from a spear-like prolongation of the jaws; a bill-fish; a gar. Specifically — A physoclistous synentognathous fish of the family Belonidæ; any belonid. The name was originally used for the common European Belone belone, or B. vulgaris, also called bill-fish, needle-fish, sea-needle, longnose, horn-fish, greenbone, gar, garpike, garpipe, etc. Some related American fishes belong to the genus Tylosurus, as T. longirostris, the silver gar or garfish.
    • n garfish In Australasia, Tylosurus ferox, called in Sydney ‘long Tom’; Hemiramphus intermedius;, a river-fish, H. regularis, of the family Hemiramphidæ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Garfish . See Gar (1).
    • n Garfish gär′fish a long slender fish of the pike family, with a pointed head.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Gar (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gár, a dart.

Usage

In literature:

The roe of some fishes, such as the garfish, is not eaten.
"Every Step in Canning" by Grace Viall Gray
The sea is plentifully stocked with fish of divers sorts, namely dolphins, bonetas, mullet, snapper, silver-fish, garfish, etc.
"A Voyage to New Holland" by William Dampier
A fish called "garfish" is about the best fish here.
"Six Letters From the Colonies" by Robert Seaton
Ripe plums abound, and there are garfish in the creek.
"Audubon and his Journals, Vol. 2" by Maria R. Audubon
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In news:

The Tale of Big John (Alligator Garfish ).
"River Monsters" host on garfish .
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