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  1. any of several tadpolelike, freshwater catfishes of the genus Noturus, of the central and eastern U.S., having a poisonous pectoral spine: some are threatened or endangered.

Origin of madtom

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; mad + tom
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Historical Examples

  • By 1959, the third summer of continuous flow, the Neosho madtom was again common.

    Fish Populations, Following a Drought, in the Neosho and Marais des Cygnes Rivers of Kansas

    James Everett Deacon

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