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[pad-l-fish] /ˈpæd lˌfɪʃ/
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 of paddlefish
1680-90, Americanism; paddle1 + fish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for paddlefish
  • Roe from native white sturgeon and its close cousin, the paddlefish, is becoming increasingly popular.
  • The feeding cycle of the paddlefish is slower than that of the carp.
  • The paddlefish is an ancient, mostly cartilaginous fish with a smooth skin.
  • Transmitters were surgically implanted in the paddlefish.
  • Counted in this group are lake sturgeon and paddlefish.
  • Anyone who's ever seen a paddlefish can't help but wonder about the unique, paddle-shaped appendage on its forehead.
  • Notice the native lamprey stuck on the side of the paddlefish.
  • All anglers must purchase a paddlefish tag to fish for paddlefish.
  • Spring movements of paddlefish in a prairie reservoir system.
British Dictionary definitions for paddlefish


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