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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 That could mean the last roe-bearing paddlefish may have already been pulled from the Ohio River by Indiana commercial fishermen. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Despite COVID-19 concerns, Indiana's Caviar King denied release from federal prison," 6 May 2020 Seven-foot-long green sturgeon in Oregon’s Rogue River are protected under this system, as are American paddlefish in the Missouri River in Montana. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, "The Freshwater Giants Are Dying," 21 Jan. 2020 Construction on the Yangtze also fragmented the paddlefish's habitat. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Once a delicacy eaten by Chinese emperors, one of world's largest fish just went extinct," 10 Jan. 2020 The Chinese paddlefish was one of only two paddlefish species in existence. National Geographic, "Chinese paddlefish," 25 Feb. 2020 Now, however, the mighty Chinese paddlefish, which grew up to 23 feet along, is gone, Nat Geo’s Douglas Main reports. National Geographic, "How many animals are affected by Australia's disaster?," 9 Jan. 2020 The paddlefish may be a harbinger for many other giant fish. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, "The Freshwater Giants Are Dying," 21 Jan. 2020 Following an exhaustive survey throughout the Yangtze River basin, researchers this month declared the Chinese paddlefish officially extinct. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, "The Freshwater Giants Are Dying," 21 Jan. 2020 While the Chinese paddlefish was listed as a nationally protected animal in the 1980s, overfishing in the 1970s took a toll on the creature’s population. Lily Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Chinese Paddlefish, Which Lived for 200 Million Years, Is Now Extinct," 10 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of paddlefish

1807, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2020

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“Paddlefish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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