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n. pl. needlefish or nee·dle·fish·es
1. Any of various marine fishes of the family Belonidae, having slender bodies and long thin jaws with sharp teeth. Also called garfish.
2. Any of various other slender fishes, such as a pipefish or a sand lance.
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n, pl -fish or -fishes
1. (Animals) any ferocious teleost fish of the family Belonidae of warm and tropical regions, having an elongated body and long toothed jaws
2. (Animals) another name for pipefish
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(ˈnid lˌfɪʃ)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
1. any warm-water marine fish of the family Belonidae, having long-toothed jaws.
2. a pipefish.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.needlefish - elongate European surface-dwelling predacious fishes with long toothed jawsneedlefish - elongate European surface-dwelling predacious fishes with long toothed jaws; abundant in coastal waters
teleost, teleost fish, teleostan - a bony fish of the subclass Teleostei
Belonidae, family Belonidae - ferocious fishes of warm regions resembling but unrelated to the freshwater gars
timucu - found in warm waters of western Atlantic
2.needlefish - fish with long tubular snout and slim body covered with bony platesneedlefish - fish with long tubular snout and slim body covered with bony plates
dwarf pipefish, Syngnathus hildebrandi - small (4 inches) fish found off the Florida Gulf Coast
Cosmocampus profundus, deepwater pipefish - a fish 8 inches long; found from eastern Florida to western Caribbean
sea horse, seahorse - small fish with horse-like heads bent sharply downward and curled tails; swim in upright position
teleost, teleost fish, teleostan - a bony fish of the subclass Teleostei
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mykiss (Webb and others 1984; Webb 1988), and Atlantic Needlefish (Strongylura marina; Liao 2002).