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paddlefish

[ pad-l-fish ]
/ ˈpæd lˌfɪʃ /
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noun, plural pad·dle·fish·es, (especially collectively) pad·dle·fish.

a large ganoid fish, Polyodon spathula, of the Mississippi River and its larger tributaries, having a long, flat, paddlelike snout.

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Origin of paddlefish

An Americanism dating back to1680–90; paddle1 + fish
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British Dictionary definitions for paddlefish

paddlefish
/ (ˈpædəlˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

a primitive bony fish, Polyodon spathula, of the Mississippi River, having a long paddle-like projection to the snout: family Polyodontidae
a similar and related Chinese fish, Psephurus gladius, of the Yangtze River
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