A lot vs. Alot: 9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[mad-tom] /ˈmædˈtɒm/
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.
1895-1900, Americanism; mad + tom Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web 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

Learn more about madtom with a free trial on
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for madtom

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for madtom

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for madtom