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 for Xiphias gladius
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Swordfish \Sword"fish`\, n.
     1. (Zool.)
        (a) A very large oceanic fish ({Xiphias gladius), the
            only representative of the family Xiphiidae. It is
            highly valued as a food fish. The bones of the upper
            jaw are consolidated, and form a long, rigid,
            swordlike beak; the dorsal fin is high and without
            distinct spines; the ventral fins are absent. The
            adult is destitute of teeth. It becomes sixteen feet
            or more long.
        (b) The gar pike.
        (c) The cutlass fish.
            [1913 Webster]
     2. (Astron.) A southern constellation. See Dorado, 1.
        [1913 Webster]
     Swordfish+sucker+(Zool.),+a+remora+({Remora+brachyptera">Swordfish sucker (Zool.), a remora ({Remora brachyptera)
        which attaches itself to the swordfish.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Xiphias gladius
      n 1: large toothless marine food fish with a long swordlike
           upper jaw; not completely cold-blooded i.e. they are able
           to warm their brains and eyes: worldwide in warm waters but
           feed on cold ocean floor coming to surface at night [syn:
           swordfish, Xiphias gladius]

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