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paddlefish

[pad-l-fish]
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noun, plural pad·dle·fish·es, (especially collectively) pad·dle·fish.
  1. a large ganoid fish, Polyodon spathula, of the Mississippi River and its larger tributaries, having a long, flat, paddlelike snout.

Origin of paddlefish

An Americanism dating back to 1680–90; paddle1 + fish
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Examples from the Web for paddlefish

Historical Examples

  • He spoke of it to his friend of the paddlefish investigation.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler

  • Of the former one species is Chinese, and the other is the shovel-nosed spoonbill or paddlefish of the lower Mississippi River.


British Dictionary definitions for paddlefish

paddlefish

noun plural -fish or -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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