paddlefish

noun
pad·dle·fish | \ˈpa-dᵊl-ˌfish \

Definition of paddlefish 

: any of a family (Polyodontidae) of ganoid fishes especially : a large food fish (Polyodon spathula) of the Mississippi River and its tributaries with a long paddle-shaped snout and with roe used in caviar

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The article told the tale of a lucky angler who snagged a 100-pound-plus paddlefish (another name for spoonbill) while fishing for bluegill at Jacomo. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Lake Jacomo fisherman happens across a monster while fishing for bass," 13 June 2018 Lewis Shuckman, owner of Shuckman's Fish Co. in western Louisville, has been selling paddlefish caviar for almost 20 years. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky is swimming with potential to take over the US caviar market," 28 June 2018 Koerner fills the lakes with young paddlefish and pays the owners of the lakes a portion of her proceeds. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky is swimming with potential to take over the US caviar market," 28 June 2018 Catching a giant paddlefish weighing 50 or 100 pounds is an altogether different pursuit. New York Times, "Hooking the Dinosaur of Fish," 26 May 2018 Last year, 273 paddlefish were caught on opening day. New York Times, "Hooking the Dinosaur of Fish," 26 May 2018 Bring a rod on the 8.8-mile Hell’s Half Acre loop, rich in paddlefish. The Editors, Outside Online, "The 25 Trips You Need to Take This Year," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of paddlefish

1807, in the meaning defined above

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