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flying fish

n.
Any of various marine fishes of the family Exocoetidae, having enlarged, winglike pectoral fins capable of sustaining them in brief, gliding flight over the water.

flying fish

n
(Animals) any marine teleost fish of the family Exocoetidae, common in warm and tropical seas, having enlarged winglike pectoral fins used for gliding above the surface of the water

fly′ing fish`


n.
any of several warm-water marine fishes of the family Exocoetidae, noted for winglike fins that enable it to glide for some distance after leaping from the water.
[1505–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flying fish - tropical marine fishes having enlarged winglike fins used for brief gliding flightflying fish - tropical marine fishes having enlarged winglike fins used for brief gliding flight
teleost, teleost fish, teleostan - a bony fish of the subclass Teleostei
Exocoetidae, family Exocoetidae - flying fishes; closely related to the halfbeaks
monoplane flying fish, two-wing flying fish - having only pectoral fins enlarged
biplane flying fish, four-wing flying fish - having both pectoral and pelvic fins enlarged
Translations
poisson volant

flying fish

npesce m volante
References in periodicals archive ?
Its motion is ballistic, unlike the flying fish of the genera Dactylopterus or Exocoetus.
Flyingfishes sold by the piece were not identified to species, but they are typically one of two genera, Exocoetus or Cypselurus.
6 (19-23) Cypselurus comatus * 1 (72) Exocoetus obtusirostris 1 (137) Hirundichthys affznis 13 (17-95) 18 (56-164) Oxyporhamphus micropterus * 2 (64-95) 83 (33-183) Parexocoetus brachypterus 160 (8-72) 86 (15-113) Prognichthys occidentalis * 36 (11-74) 45 (17-147) Hemiramphidae Euleptorhamphus velox * 11 (45-216) 3 (180-318) Hemiramphus balao 10 (37-90) 20 (32-198) Hemiramphus brasiliensis * 22 (33-84) 7 (45-114) Hemiramphus sp.