nounpl. -·lin or -·lins
any of several large, slender, deep-sea billfishes, esp. a bluish species (Makaira nigricans)
Origin of marlinfrom marlinespike: from the shape
Any of several large marine fishes of the genera Makaira and Tetrapturus, which have an elongated spearlike upper jaw and are highly valued as game fish.
Origin of marlinShort for marlinespike ( from the pointed shape of the snout )
Variant of marline
(plural marlin or marlins)
- A game fish having a pointed spearlike upper jaw belonging to either of the genera Tetrapturus or Makaira.