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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gar, garfish, garpike, billfish, Lepisosteus osseusnoun

    primitive predaceous North American fish covered with hard scales and having long jaws with needlelike teeth

  2. needlefish, gar, billfishnoun

    elongate European surface-dwelling predacious fishes with long toothed jaws; abundant in coastal waters

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Gar

    in Saxon, signifies a weapon: so Eadgar is a happy weapon; Ethelgar, a noble weapon. Edmund Gibson Camden.

  2. To Garverb

    To cause; to make. It is still in use in Scotland.

    Etymology: giera, Islandick.

    Tell me, good Hobbinol, what gars thee greet?
    What! hath some wolf thy tender lambs ytorn?
    Or is thy bagpipe broke, that sounds so sweet?
    Or art thou of thy loved loss forlorne. Edmund Spenser, Pastorals.


  1. Gar

    Gars are members of the family Lepisosteidae, which are the only surviving members of the Ginglymodi, an ancient holosteian group of ray-finned fish, which first appeared during the Triassic, over 240 million years ago. Gars comprise seven living species of fish in two genera that inhabit fresh, brackish, and occasionally marine waters of eastern North America, Central America and Cuba in the Caribbean, though extinct members of the family were more widespread. Gars have elongated bodies that are heavily armored with ganoid scales, and fronted by similarly elongated jaws filled with long, sharp teeth. Gars are sometimes referred to as "garpike", but are not closely related to pike, which are in the fish family Esocidae. All of the gars are relatively large fish, but the alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula) is the largest; the alligator gar often grows to a length over 2 m (6.5 ft) and a weight over 45 kg (100 lb), and specimens of up to 3 m (9.8 ft) in length have been reported. Unusually, their vascularised swim bladders can function as lungs, and most gars surface periodically to take a gulp of air. Gar flesh is edible and the hard skin and scales of gars are used by humans, but gar eggs are highly toxic.


  1. gar

    A gar is a type of fish, often long and slender, found primarily in fresh waters of North and Central America. They are known for their hard scales and long jaws filled with sharp teeth, and are considered living fossils due to their prehistoric-like appearance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gar

    any slender marine fish of the genera Belone and Tylosurus. See Garfish

  2. Gar

    the gar pike. See Alligator gar (under Alligator), and Gar pike

  3. Garnoun

    to cause; to make

  4. Etymology: [Prob. AS. gr dart, spear, lance. The name is applied to the fish on account of its long and slender body and pointed head. Cf. Goad, Gore, v.]


  1. Gar

    In American English, the name gar is strictly applied to members of the Lepisosteidae, a family including seven living species of fish in two genera that inhabit fresh, brackish, and occasionally marine, waters of eastern North America, Central America, and the Caribbean islands.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gar

    gär, Garfish, gär′fish, n. a long slender fish of the pike family, with a pointed head. [A.S. gár, a dart.]

  2. Gar

    gär, v.t. (Scot.) to cause, to compel. [Norse ger(v)a, to make (A.S. gierwan, giarwian), Sw. göra, Dan. gjöre; cf. Yare.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. gar

    The general term used by the Saxons for a weapon of war.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. GAR

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gar is ranked #71478 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Gar surname appeared 273 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Gar.

    40.2% or 110 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    34% or 93 total occurrences were White.
    16.4% or 45 total occurrences were Black.
    8% or 22 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gar in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of gar in a Sentence

  1. Anthony Schnur:

    I had a good buddy of 30 years who passed away, the funny thing is his wife called me that morning with the news. And she asked me to do her a favor and catch a fish in his name. My girlfriend and I went out to his favorite spot originally for crappie fishing when she happened to spot the gar. And sure enough, we caught it and it turned out to be a record. It’s absolutely unreal.

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