flying fishflying fish
Any of various marine fishes of the family Exocoetidae, having enlarged, winglike pectoral fins capable of sustaining them in brief, gliding flight over the water.
(plural flying fish)
- A tropical marine fish of the family Exocoetidae, having enlarged winglike pectoral fins enabling it to escape predators by taking short gliding flights through the air.
- None has the power of flight, though certain pelagic Copepoda are said to leap from the surface of the sea like flying-fish.