Origin of garpike
First recorded in 1770–80; formed after garfish
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Examples from the Web for garpike
These fishes in many respects resemble the garpike in habits.
The ganoids of which the sturgeon and garpike are examples, with heavy plates or scales.
The garpike as he saw it, with amplifications from the Indians as they had seen it, gave him the subject for a good fish story.The Founder of New France: A Chronicle of Champlain
Charles W. Colby
Such fishes as the garpike and the bowfin have lung-like air-bladders and gulp air from the surface of the water.
These are found in the garpike and in many genera of extinct Ganoid and Crossopterygian fishes.
- Also called: garfish, gar any primitive freshwater elongated bony fish of the genus Lepisosteus, of North and Central America, having very long toothed jaws and a body covering of thick scales
- another name for garfish (def. 2)
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