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Jul. 7th, 2017 | 08:04 am

xiphias (ZEE-fee-uhs) - n., the swordfish or broadbill (Xiphias gladius).


This puppy, named for its swordlike bill:

Swordfish or broadbill

A predatory, highly migratory fish found worldwide. The common name comes from he Latin name, xiphiās, in turn from Greek xiphías, from xíphos, sword. Since a gladius is a type of Roman sword, this means the scientific name means "Swordfish sword." Sheesh.

That wraps it up for X-words. Back next week with the regular mix of mixed-up words.

---L.

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