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madtom

[mad-tom] /ˈmædˈtɒm/
noun
1.
any of several tadpolelike, freshwater catfishes of the genus Noturus, of the central and eastern U.S., having a poisonous pectoral spine: some are threatened or endangered.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900, Americanism; mad + tom
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Examples for madtom
  • The chucky madtom prefers to nest beneath large, flat slabs of rock resting on a stream bed of pea-sized gravel.
  • The madtom is shorter and stockier than the stonecat.
Encyclopedia Article for madtom

any of several North American catfishes of the genus Noturus, of the family Ictaluridae. They are sometimes classified in two genera, Noturus and Schilbeodes. Generally about 5-7.5 cm (2-3 inches) long, madtoms are the smallest ictalurids and are characterized by a long adipose fin that in some species joins the rounded tail fin

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