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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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Recent Examples on the Web During those fishing trips, Schigur and a conservation officer working undercover hauled in more than 100 paddlefish from water closed to commercial fishing. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, 27 May 2021 Last week, my 120-pound granddaughter reeled in a 104-pound paddlefish. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2021 There’s big fish magic in the waters of Tennessee’s Cherokee Lake, where yet another astonishing American paddlefish has been caught from the deep, clear reservoir. Alan Clemons, Outdoor Life, 23 Feb. 2021 Scientists admitted to having accidentally hybridized the Russian sturgeon and American paddlefish, creating the sturddlefish, and reanimated 100-million-year-old bacteria from the deep ocean. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 15 Sep. 2020 Their fathers were American paddlefish — smooth-skinned filter feeders with sensitive, elongated snouts. Quanta Magazine, 5 Aug. 2020 National Geographic reports that an average of 25 tons of paddlefish were harvested each year that decade. Lily Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Jan. 2020 But that raises the question of why previous hybridization attempts between sturgeons and paddlefish failed. Quanta Magazine, 5 Aug. 2020 This is unlike the paternal paddlefish who feed on various zooplankton. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 28 July 2020

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First Known Use of paddlefish

1807, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jun 2021

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“Paddlefish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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