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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 In 2020 alone, 16 species were declared extinct, including the Chinese paddlefish. Andrew Jeong, Washington Post, 21 June 2022 The bones of paddlefish and sturgeons who died in the Chicxulub Impact indicated that the asteroid struck in the spring, and a hadrosaur in Blagoveshchensk was presumed to have broken its ulna while eating leaves or mating. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 During was after the secrets inside the bones of the paddlefish and sturgeons preserved at Tanis. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Feb. 2022 The paddlefish is another close cousin to sturgeons and produces caviar that looks very similar. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Mar. 2022 Consistent oxygen isotope values indicate that the paddlefish at the Tanis site lived entirely in freshwater, rather than migrating from salt and freshwater. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Feb. 2022 Groomer sells caviar produced from trout, salmon, hackleback, paddlefish and bowfin ranging from $15 to $33.50 per jar. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Mar. 2022 The samples included three lower jaw bones and teeth from paddlefish and three sturgeon pectoral fins. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 23 Feb. 2022 Scientists made this determination after studying the bones of paddlefish preserved in rocks in North Dakota. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 26 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of paddlefish

1807, in the meaning defined above

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“Paddlefish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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