[ speyd-fish ]

noun,plural (especially collectively) spade·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) spade·fish·es.
  1. a deep-bodied marine fish of the genus Chaetodipterus, especially C. faber of Atlantic coastal waters of North America.

Origin of spadefish

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

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British Dictionary definitions for spadefish


/ (ˈspeɪdˌfɪʃ) /

nounplural -fish or -fishes
  1. 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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