a yellowish-brown, freshwater catfish, Noturus flavus, of the Mississippi River valley and Great Lakes, having poisonous pectoral spines.
Also called beadeye.

1870–75, Americanism; stone + cat1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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