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Garfish \Gar"fish`\, n. [See Gar, n.] (Zo["o]l.)

  1. A European marine fish ( Belone vulgaris); -- called also gar, gerrick, greenback, greenbone, gorebill, hornfish, longnose, mackerel guide, sea needle, and sea pike.

  2. One of several species of similar fishes of the genus Tylosurus, of which one species ( T. marinus) is common on the Atlantic coast. T. Caribb[ae]us, a very large species, and T. crassus, are more southern; -- called also needlefish. Many of the common names of the European garfish are also applied to the American species.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

pike-like fish, 1765, American English, shortening of garfish (mid-15c.), from fish (n.) + Middle English gare, gore "a spear," from Old English gar "spear," from Proto-Germanic *gaizaz "spear" (cognates: Old Norse geirr "spear; point of an anvil," Old Saxon, Old High German ger, German Ger "spear"), from PIE *ghaiso- "a stick, spear" (see goad (n.)). The fish so called for its long sharp snout. Compare Edgar, garlic.


Etymology 1 n. (context obsolete English) spear Etymology 2

n. Any of several fish, of the family ''(taxlink Lepisosteidae family noshow=1)'', that have long, narrow jaws; garfish Etymology 3

vb. (context now chiefly UK dialectal English) To make, cause (someone to do something); to cause (something to be done). (14th-19th c.)

  1. n. primitive predaceous North American fish covered with hard scales and having long jaws with needle-like teeth [syn: garfish, garpike, billfish, Lepisosteus osseus]

  2. elongate European surface-dwelling predacious fishes with long toothed jaws; abundant in coastal waters [syn: needlefish, billfish]


Gars (or garpike) are members of the Lepisosteiformes (or Semionotiformes), an ancient order of ray-finned fish; fossils from this order are known from the late Cretaceous onwards. The family Lepisosteidae includes seven living species of fish in two genera that inhabit fresh, brackish, and occasionally marine, waters of eastern North America, Central America and the Caribbean islands. Gars have elongated bodies that are heavily armored with ganoid scales, and fronted by similarly elongated jaws filled with long, sharp teeth. All of the gars are relatively large fish, but the alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula) is the largest, as specimens have been reported to be in length; however, they typically grow to and weigh over . Unusually, their vascularised swim bladders can function as lungs, and most gars surface periodically to take a gulp of air. Gar flesh is edible and the hard skin and scales of gars are used by humans.

Gar (music)

Gar music style is a Tibetan form of chanting and dancing.

Gar (disambiguation)

Gar is a North American freshwater fish of the family Lepisosteidae.

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Gar (name)

Gar is a masculine given name, nickname or Tibetan clan name.

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Usage examples of "gar".

We were called the Silver Kings, and we lived higher than the King of Humbria himself in our palaces that were grander by far than either Ardagh or Gar.

It had been a day full of obligations and endless ministerial duties, including a meeting with Larry Garber regarding his drawings of the sacristy, revised based on their telephone exchange, and a general review of the floor plan for the nave, the baptistry, and the choir.

Dirk and Gar made, Coll saw how quickly they were learning about the land.

In fact, I believe Gar Nal has already done so, but there is only one man upon Barsoom, doubtless there is only one brain in the entire Solar System, that could have done what Fal Sivas has done.

Gar Nal and Fal Savas stole ideas from one another whenever they could, and I should be surprised indeed if their ships did not closely resemble one another.

I saw Fal Sivas and Gar Nal--Gar Nal, the man whom I had thought to be imprisoned in the city of Ombra on the nearer moon.

I sprang forward and seized Gar Nal before he could draw his sword, and Ur Jan fell upon Fal Sivas.

Gar Nal was to hide Fal Sivas, and in return Fal Sivas was to show him the secret of his mechanical brain.

They had both been certain that the last place in the world that I would look for Fal Sivas would be in the house of Gar Nal.

Gar could implant a vision, Kerlew spoke, voice sounding as though it drifted wind-borne from a thousand miles away.

On the other side of the campfire, Kerlew was sitting up, staring at Gar warily.

Alea and Gar led Moira and Kerlew up to the bald top of a high hill, then turned to reassure them.

Evanescent watched Gar and Alea stop at the top of the boarding ramp to wave at Kerlew and Moira, then turn to go into the ship.

Gar told us that under interrogation the narcos had revealed that after a big farewell piss-up the day before the attack, some of their number had left the camp to escort the other two Europeans down river.

Oudeni gar eoike to anthropou soma ton epi sarkophagia gegonoton, ou grupotes cheilous, ouk ozutes onuchos, ou traxutes odontos prosestin, ou koilias eutonia kai pneumatos thermotes, trepsai kai katergasasthai dunate to baru kai kreodes all autothen e phusis te leioteti ton odonton kai te smikroteti tou stomatos kai te malakoteti tes glosses kai te pros pepsin ambluteti tou pneumatos, exomnutai ten sarkophagian.