As nouns the difference between swordfish and needlefish
is that swordfish
is a large marine fish with a long, pointed bill, Xiphias gladius
is slender fish, in the family family: Belonidae
, usually found in shallow marine habitats.
As a verb swordfish
is to fish for swordfish.
A large marine fish with a long, pointed bill, Xiphias gladius .
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, passage=Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand. We spent consider'ble money getting 'em reset, and then a swordfish got into the pound and tore the nets all to slathers, right in the middle of the squiteague season.}}
To fish for swordfish.
Slender fish, in the family , usually found in shallow marine habitats.