[ noun ] (zoology) any of various mostly cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates usually having scales and breathing through gills
"the shark is a large fish" "in the livingroom there was a tank of colorful fish"
Used in print(L. Don Leet and Florence J. Leet, editors, The World of...)
Reefs are left high_and_dry , and the beaches are covered with stranded fish .
Japanese fishermen have sometimes observed that sardines hauled up in their nets during a tsunami have enormously swollen stomachs ; the fish have swallowed vast numbers of bottom living diatoms , raised to the surface by the disturbance .
The waves of a 1923 tsunami in Sagami_Bay brought to the surface and battered to death huge numbers of fishes that normally live at a depth of 3000 feet .(A.L. Kroeber, "Semantic Contribution of Lexicostatistic...)
Swadesh , and therefore Hoijer , felt compelled to omit all terms denoting species or even genera ( fox , vulture , salmon , yellow_pine , manzanita ) ; their classes of animal and plant terms are restricted to generalizations or recurrent parts ( fish , bird , tree , grass , horn , tail , bark , root ) .
[ noun ] (chemistry,food) the flesh of fish used as food
"in Japan most fish is eaten raw" "after the scare about foot-and-mouth disease a lot of people started eating fish instead of meat" "they have a chef who specializes in fish"
Used in print(John Cheever, "The Brigadier and the Golf Widow,"...)
Planes made her feel faint , and in Tokyo , where she had gone that summer , she had been given raw fish for breakfast and so she had come straight home .(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)
`` I want the fish served whole , with head and tail '' , the epicure explained , `` and serve it with lemon in mouth '' .
So she brought the fish in whole , and she carried a lemon in her mouth .
[ verb ] seek indirectly
"fish for compliments"
Used in print(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)
It may seem to some of them that success can be purchased much less dearly by fishing in the murky waters of international politics than by facing_up to the intractable tasks at_home .
[ verb ] catch or try to catch fish or shellfish
"I like to go fishing on weekends"
Used in print(Stephen Longstreet, Eagles Where I Walk....)
In the meadow below , militia officers shouted at their men and on King_'s_Bridge two boys sat fishing .
[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 1377