paddle fish

paddlefish

[pad-l-fish]
noun, plural paddlefishes (especially collectively) paddlefish.
a large ganoid fish, Polyodon spathula, of the Mississippi River and its larger tributaries, having a long, flat, paddlelike snout.

Origin:
1680–90, Americanism; paddle1 + fish

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paddlefish (ˈpædəlˌfɪʃ)
 
n , pl -fish, -fishes
1.  a primitive bony fish, Polyodon spathula, of the Mississippi River, having a long paddle-like projection to the snout: family Polyodontidae
2.  a similar and related Chinese fish, Psephurus gladius, of the Yangtze River

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