from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several large game fishes of the genera Makaira and Tetrapturus of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, having an elongated, spearlike upper jaw.
- n. Variant of marline.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A game fish having a pointed spearlike upper jaw belonging to either of the genera Tetrapturus or Makaira.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The American great marbled godwit (Limosa fedoa). Applied also to the red-breasted godwit (Limosa hæmatica).
- n. Any of several marine billfishes of the genera Makaira and Tetrapturus, popular as game in sport fishing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A godwit or a curlew.
- n. The great marbled god wit, Limosa fedoa: more fully called horsefoot, common, brawn, and red marlin. See cut under godwit.
- n. The Hudsonian godwit, Limosa hœmastica, distinguished in some localities as the ring-tailed, white-tailed, or field marlin.
- n. The Hudsonian curlew, Numenius hudsonieus: more fully called crooked-billed, hook-billed, and horsefoot marlin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large long-jawed oceanic sport fishes; related to sailfishes and spearfishes; not completely cold-blooded i.e. able to warm their brains and eyes
Short for marlinespike (from the pointed shape of its snout).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)