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Meaning of SWORDFISH

Pronunciation:  'sowrd`fish

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  large toothless marine food fish with a long swordlike upper jaw; not completely cold-blooded i.e. they are able to warm their brains and eyes: worldwide in warm waters but feed on cold ocean floor coming to surface at night
  2. [n]  flesh of swordfish usually served as steaks

SWORDFISH is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: Xiphias gladius
 See Also: genus Xiphias, saltwater fish, scombroid, scombroid fish, swordfish, swordfish, Xiphias, Xiphias gladius



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sword"fish`\, n.
1. (Zo["o]l.)
   (a) A very large oceanic fish ({Xiphias gladius}), the
       only representative of the family {Xiphiid[ae]}. It is
       highly valued as a food fish. The bones of the upper
       jaw are consolidated, and form a long, rigid,
       swordlike beak; the dorsal fin is high and without
       distinct spines; the ventral fins are absent. The
       adult is destitute of teeth. It becomes sixteen feet
       or more long.
   (b) The gar pike.
   (c) The cutlass fish.

2. (Astron.) A southern constellation. See {Dorado}, 1.

{Swordfish sucker} (Zo["o]l.), a remora ({Remora
   brachyptera}) which attaches itself to the swordfish.