bonefish

/bohn"fish'/, n., pl. bonefishes, (esp. collectively) bonefish.
a marine game fish, Albula vulpes, found in shallow tropical waters, having a skeleton composed of numerous small, fine bones. Also called ladyfish.
[1725-35, Amer.; BONE1 + FISH]

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Marine game fish (Albula vulpes) that inhabits coastal and island waters in tropical seas and is admired by anglers for its speed and strength.

Its maximum length is about 30 in. (76 cm), and its maximum weight is 14 lbs (6.4 kg). The bonefish has a deeply notched caudal fin (near the tail) and a small mouth beneath a pointed, piglike snout. It grubs on the bottom for worms and other food.

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fish
also called  Banana Fish, or Ladyfish 
 (Albula vulpes), marine game fish of the family Albulidae (order Elopiformes). It inhabits shallow coastal and island waters in tropical seas and is admired by anglers for its speed and strength. Maximum length and weight are about 76 cm (30 inches) and 6.4 kg (14 pounds). The bonefish has a deeply notched caudal fin (near the tail) and a small mouth beneath a pointed, piglike snout. It grubs on the bottom for worms and other food. The shafted bonefish (Dixonina nemoptera) is the only other species of the family.

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  • bonefish — ☆ bonefish [bōn′fish΄ ] n. pl. bonefish or bonefishes (see FISH) any of a family (Albulidae, order Elopiformes) of silvery marine fishes; esp., a game and food fish (Albula vulpes) of shallow tropical waters …   English World dictionary

  • Bonefish — Bone fish , n. (Zo[ o]l.) See {Ladyfish}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bonefish — Taxobox name = Bonefish image width=250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Actinopterygii ordo = Albuliformes familia = Albulidae genus = Albula species = A. vulpes binomial = Albula vulpes binomial authority = Linnaeus, 1758The… …   Wikipedia

  • bonefish — Ladyfish La dy*fish , n. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A large, handsome oceanic fish ({Albula vulpes}), found both in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans; called also {bonefish}, {grubber}, {French mullet}, and {macab[ e]}. (b) A labroid fish ({Harpe rufa}) of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bonefish — /ˈboʊnfɪʃ/ (say bohnfish) noun (plural bonefish or bonefishes) a marine fish, Albula vulpes, of shallow Australian waters. Usage: For variation in the plural inflection, see note at fish1 …   Australian English dictionary

  • bonefish —    Ō io (for growth stages, see Haw. Eng. entry);    ♦ large bonefish, kuahauli …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • bonefish — noun Date: 1884 1. a slender silvery small scaled fish (Albula vulpes) that is a notable sport and food fish of warm seas 2. ladyfish 2 • bonefishing noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bonefish — noun any of various game fish, of the family Albulidae, found in shallow, tropical waters Syn: grey ghost …   Wiktionary

  • bonefish — n. type of fish …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bonefish — noun (plural same or bonefishes) a silvery game fish of warm coastal waters. [Albula vulpes and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

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