pad·​dle·​fish ˈpa-dᵊl-ˌfish How to pronounce paddlefish (audio)
: 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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Examples of paddlefish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The current state record in Arkansas for the largest paddlefish ever caught was certified in 2020 at Beaver Lake. Sydney Borchers, Fox News, 31 July 2023 Their sourdough scallion pancakes are served with soubise, crème fraiche, chives, and a dollop of paddlefish caviar on top—playing off of blini, the Russian pancakes. Cathy Erway, Bon Appétit, 5 Sep. 2023 The team of researchers also looked at the chemical signatures of different carbon isotopes in one of the unfortunate paddlefish, with the ratio between different isotope variants revealing how the availability of its favorite food, plankton, had affected its skeleton. Katie Hunt, CNN, 23 Feb. 2022 At dinnertime, wake up your palate with Flora Flora’s fresh, bright scallops aguachile with paddlefish caviar, avocado, cucumber and pomegranate. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2023 This is unlike the paternal paddlefish who feed on various zooplankton. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 5 Apr. 2022 This is where the American paddlefish comes into as the team used sperm from this fish to start the gynogenesis in the sturgeon. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 5 Apr. 2022 The July 21 front page of the Billings Gazette included the following stories: a local man used a bow and arrow to catch a world-record paddlefish (92 lb.), searchers reported a possible sighting (which proved false) of a missing hiker, and Montana coal production dropped sharply last year. Eben Shapiro, Time, 1 Aug. 2021 Aside from alligators that frequent the East Texas area, visitors might catch a glimpse of a paddlefish, an ancient creature whose fossil record goes back between 300 to 400 million years ago. Gabi De La Rosa, Chron, 25 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of paddlefish was in 1807

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“Paddlefish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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