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  • paddlefish — ☆ paddlefish [pad′ lfish΄ ] n. pl. paddlefish or paddlefishes (see FISH) any of a family (Polyodontidae, order Acipenseriformes) of large bony fishes of the Mississippi and Chang rivers, with a paddle shaped snout …   English World dictionary

  • Paddlefish — Pad dle*fish , n. (Zo[ o]l) A large ganoid fish ({Polyodon spathula}) found in the rivers of the Mississippi Valley. It has a long spatula shaped snout. Called also {duck billed cat}, and {spoonbill sturgeon}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Paddlefish — Taxobox name = Paddlefishes image width = 250px image caption = American Paddlefish, Polyodon spathula regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Actinopterygii ordo = Acipenseriformes familia = Polyodontidae subdivision ranks = Species… …   Wikipedia

  • paddlefish — /pad l fish /, n., pl. paddlefishes, (esp. collectively) paddlefish. a large ganoid fish, Polyodon spathula, of the Mississippi River and its larger tributaries, having a long, flat, paddlelike snout. [1680 90, Amer.; PADDLE1 + FISH] * * * Either …   Universalium

  • paddlefish — /ˈpædlfɪʃ/ (say padlfish) noun (plural paddlefish or paddlefishes) a large ganoid fish, Polyodon spathula, remotely allied to the sturgeons, with a long, flat, paddle like projection of the snout, abundant in the Mississippi and its larger… …   Australian English dictionary

  • paddlefish — amerikinis irklanosis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Polyodon spathula angl. paddlefish; spadefish rus. веслонос ryšiai: platesnis terminas – amerikiniai irklanosiai …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • paddlefish — noun Date: 1807 any of a family (Polyodontidae) of ganoid fishes; especially a large food fish (Polyodon spathula) of the Mississippi River valley with a long paddle shaped snout and with roe used in caviar …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • paddlefish — noun Any of several primitive fish, of the family Polyodontidae, that have a long snout shaped like a paddle …   Wiktionary

  • paddlefish — n. large freshwater fish having long paddle shaped snout (inhabitant of the Mississippi River and its streams and the Yangtze River) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • paddlefish — noun (plural same or paddlefishes) a large fish related to the sturgeon, with an elongated snout. [Polyodon spathula (Mississippi basin) and Psephurus gladius (Yangtze River).] …   English new terms dictionary

  • paddlefish — pad•dle•fish [[t]ˈpæd lˌfɪʃ[/t]] n. pl. fish•es, (esp. collectively) fish. ich a large fish, Polyodon spathula, of the Mississippi River and its larger tributaries, having a long, flat, paddlelike snout • Etymology: 1680–90, amer …   From formal English to slang

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