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 for swordfish
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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  cutlass fish \cutlass fish\, cutlassfish \cutlassfish\n.
     1. (Zool.) a peculiar, long, thin, marine fish ({Trichiurus
        lepturus) of the southern United States and West Indies,
        having a long whiplike scaleless body and sharp daggerlike
        teeth; -- called also frostfish, saber fish, silver
        eel, and, improperly, swordfish; also, several related
        members of the genus Trichiurus. It is closely related
        to snake mackerel.
  
     Syn: frost fish, frostfish, hairtail.
          [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  swordfish
      n 1: flesh of swordfish usually served as steaks
      2: 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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