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paddlefish

[pad-l-fish] /ˈpæd lˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural paddlefishes (especially collectively) paddlefish.
1.
a large ganoid fish, Polyodon spathula, of the Mississippi River and its larger tributaries, having a long, flat, paddlelike snout.
Origin of paddlefish
1680-1690
An Americanism dating back to 1680-90; paddle1 + fish
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paddlefish

/ˈpædəlˌfɪʃ/
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
1.
a primitive bony fish, Polyodon spathula, of the Mississippi River, having a long paddle-like projection to the snout: family Polyodontidae
2.
a similar and related Chinese fish, Psephurus gladius, of the Yangtze River
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