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.

1680–90, Americanism; paddle1 + fish Unabridged
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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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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.
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