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[speyd-fish] /ˈspeɪdˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) spadefish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) spadefishes.
a deep-bodied marine fish of the genus Chaetodipterus, especially C. faber, of Atlantic coastal waters of North America.
Origin of spadefish
1695-1705; probably spade2 + fish, in allusion to its shape Unabridged
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Examples from the web for spadefish
  • Colorful angelfish, spadefish and coral-eating parrotfish are all common sights on the reef.
  • The site is decorated with a rainbow of corals and sponges and frequented by barracuda, spadefish and sea turtles.
  • On the inshore wrecks, spadefish are still biting well.
  • The wrecks are loaded with fish, but spadefish are finicky about hitting bait.
  • Rounding out the top four inshore species, twenty red drum were released and nineteen spadefish were registered.
British Dictionary definitions for spadefish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
any spiny-finned food fish of the family Ephippidae, esp Chaetodipterus faber of American Atlantic coastal waters, having a deeply compressed body
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