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Any of several large marine fishes of the genera Makaira and Tetrapturus, which have an elongated spearlike upper jaw and are highly valued as game fish.
[Short for marlinespike (from the pointed shape of the snout).]
Variant of marline.
n, pl -lin or -lins
(Animals) any of several large scombroid food and game fishes of the genera Makaira, Istiompax, and Tetrapturus, of warm and tropical seas, having a very long upper jaw: family Istiophoridae. Also called: spearfish
[C20: from marlinespike; with allusion to the shape of the beak]
n., pl. (esp. collectively) -lin, (esp. for kinds or species) -lins.
any large saltwater game fish of the genera Makaira and Tetrapturus, with a spearlike upper jaw.
[1915–20, Amer.; short for marlinespike]
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|Noun||1.||marlin - large long-jawed oceanic sport fishes; related to sailfishes and spearfishes; not completely cold-blooded i.e. able to warm their brains and eyes|
billfish - giant warm-water game fish having a prolonged and rounded toothless upper jaw
blue marlin, Makaira nigricans - largest marlin; may reach 2000 pounds; found worldwide in warm seas
black marlin, Makaira marlina, Makaira mazara - 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