bowfin

[boh-fin]

Origin of bowfin

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; bow2 + fin1
Also called grindle.
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bowfin

noun
  1. 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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