channel catfish

noun
a food fish, Ictalurus punctatus, common in fresh waters throughout central U.S. See illus. under catfish.
Also called channel cat.


Origin:
1830–40, Americanism

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The object was to entice channel catfish to the surface.
The program includes free fishing clinics and extensive stocking, primarily of
  channel catfish and hybrid sunfish.
Smaller blue cats are often confused with channel catfish.
Selective breeding programs for channel catfish inherently involve acute
  handling stressors.
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