spadefish

[ speyd-fish ]
/ ˈspeɪdˌfɪʃ /

noun, plural (especially collectively) spade·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) spade·fish·es.

a deep-bodied marine fish of the genus Chaetodipterus, especially C. faber, of Atlantic coastal waters of North America.

Nearby words

  1. spacy,
  2. spad,
  3. spade,
  4. spade foot,
  5. spade guinea,
  6. spadefoot,
  7. spadefoot toad,
  8. spadeful,
  9. spadework,
  10. spadger

Origin of spadefish

1695–1705; probably spade2 + fish, in allusion to its shape

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British Dictionary definitions for spadefish

spadefish

/ (ˈspeɪdˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

any spiny-finned food fish of the family Ephippidae, esp Chaetodipterus faber of American Atlantic coastal waters, having a deeply compressed body
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