- a carnivorous ganoid fish, Amia calva, found in sluggish fresh waters of eastern North America.
Origin of bowfin
Also called grindle.
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Examples from the Web for bowfin
Such fishes as the garpike and the bowfin have lung-like air-bladders and gulp air from the surface of the water.
In the bowfin (Amia calva), trematodes existed in enormous numbers.
Near relatives of the bowfin flourished in the Mesozoic, among them some with a forked tail, and some with a very long one.
- a primitive North American freshwater bony fish, Amia calva, with an elongated body and a very long dorsal fin: family Amiidae
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