Used as a mild oath in the phrase by gar
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ETYM Prob. AS. gâr dart, spear, lance. The name is applied to the fish on account of its long and slender body and pointed head. Related to Goad, Gore.
Primitive predaceous North American fish covered with hard scales and having long jaws with needle-like teeth; SYN. garfish, garpike, billfish, Lepisosteus osseus.
Primitive bony fish of the order Semionotiformes, which also includes sturgeons. Gar have long, beaklike snouts and elongated bodies covered in heavy, bony scales. All four species of gar inhabit freshwater rivers and lakes of the Mississippi drainage. See also needlefish.
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