blue catfish


: a large bluish catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) of the Mississippi River valley that may weigh over 100 pounds (45 kilograms)

Examples of blue catfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The world record is a 143-pound blue catfish measuring almost 57 inches taken from a Virginia lake in 2011. The Enquirer, 12 Apr. 2024 Add blue catfish filets and toss until fish is covered with the mixture. Dan Rodricks, Baltimore Sun, 9 Feb. 2024 Advisories about the consumption of blue catfish are reviewed annually and published by the Maryland Department of the Environment. Dan Rodricks, Baltimore Sun, 9 Feb. 2024 In some tributaries, blue catfish now make up as much as 75% of the total fish biomass, according to DNR. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 4 Jan. 2024 The largest blue catfish ever recorded in South Carolina weighed 113.8 pounds, while North Carolina’s blue cat record stands at 127 pounds. Travis Hall, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 Trone holds multiple catfish records, including the Georgia state record for blue catfish, which weighed 111 pounds. Outdoor Life, 30 Nov. 2023 Chef Zack Mills has aimed for environmental balance in his craft for decades, but now with invasive blue catfish potentially threatening a Chesapeake Bay staple, blue crabs, the cook has another item on his menu. Dwight A. Weingarten, Baltimore Sun, 17 Apr. 2023 Delaware has a new blue catfish record, according to a press release the state’s Division of Fish and Wildlife published on Tuesday. Outdoor Life, 27 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blue catfish was in 1818

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“Blue catfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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