madtom

[ mad-tom ]
/ ˈmædˈtɒm /

noun

any of several tadpolelike, freshwater catfishes of the genus Noturus, of the central and eastern U.S., having a poisonous pectoral spine: some are threatened or endangered.

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Origin of madtom

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; mad + tom
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