a carnivorous ganoid fish, Amia calva, found in sluggish fresh waters of eastern North America.
Also called grindle.

1835–45, Americanism; bow2 + fin Unabridged
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bowfin (ˈbəʊˌfɪn)
a primitive North American freshwater bony fish, Amia calva, with an elongated body and a very long dorsal fin: family Amiidae

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Bowfin are an ancient type of fish that have the ability to use atmospheric air.
Northern snakeheads look similar to the native burbot and bowfin.
Bowfin will readily take both live and artificial baits.
Anglers should not overlook the exciting fishing opportunities that exist for bowfin.
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