bowfin

[ boh-fin ]
/ ˈboʊˌfɪn /
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noun

a carnivorous ganoid fish, Amia calva, found in sluggish fresh waters of eastern North America.

Nearby words

  1. bowerbird,
  2. bowers,
  3. bowers, claude gernade,
  4. bowery,
  5. bowery, the,
  6. bowgrace,
  7. bowhead,
  8. bowhunting,
  9. bowie,
  10. bowie knife

Origin of bowfin

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; bow2 + fin1

Also called grindle.

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British Dictionary definitions for bowfin

bowfin

/ (ˈbəʊˌfɪn) /

noun

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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