Definitions of billfish
  1. noun
    primitive predaceous North American fish covered with hard scales and having long jaws with needlelike teeth
    synonyms: Lepisosteus osseus, gar, garfish, garpike
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    ganoid, ganoid fish
    primitive fishes having thick bony scales with a shiny covering
  2. noun
    slender long-beaked fish of temperate Atlantic waters
    synonyms: Scomberesox saurus, saury
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    teleost, teleost fish, teleostan
    a bony fish of the subclass Teleostei
  3. noun
    elongate European surface-dwelling predacious fishes with long toothed jaws; abundant in coastal waters
    synonyms: gar, needlefish
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    found in warm waters of western Atlantic
    type of:
    teleost, teleost fish, teleostan
    a bony fish of the subclass Teleostei
  4. noun
    giant warm-water game fish having a prolonged and rounded toothless upper jaw
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    large long-jawed oceanic sport fishes; related to sailfishes and spearfishes; not completely cold-blooded i.e. able to warm their brains and eyes
    any of several large vigorous pelagic fishes resembling sailfishes but with first dorsal fin much reduced; worldwide but rare
    Makaira nigricans, blue marlin
    largest marlin; may reach 2000 pounds; found worldwide in warm seas
    Makaira marlina, Makaira mazara, black marlin
    large game fish in the Pacific Ocean; may reach 1000 pounds
    Makaira mitsukurii, striped marlin
    Pacific food and game fish marked with dark blue vertical stripes
    Makaira albida, white marlin
    small marlin (to 180 pounds) of western Atlantic
    type of:
    scombroid, scombroid fish
    important marine food and game fishes found in all tropical and temperate seas; some are at least partially endothermic and can thrive in colder waters
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