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garfish Syllabification: gar·fish
Pronunciation: /ˈɡärˌfiSH/

Definition of garfish in English:

noun (plural same or garfishes)

Any of a number of long, slender fish with elongated beaklike jaws containing sharply pointed teeth.
  • A marine fish (family Belonidae, in particular the common European Belone belone; also called needlefish or garpike).A freshwater fish (family Lepisosteidae and genus Lepisosteus; also called gar or garpike).
Example sentences
  • Moray eels, garfish and trumpetfish were roaming and snapping at a plethora of potential prey.
  • The garfish are extremely long fish, reaching around a metre in length, yet weighing only three pounds.
  • The tank features thousands of herring, mackerel, garfish, and horse mackerel, which are found off the coast of Denmark.


Middle English: apparently from Old English gār 'spear' + fish1.

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