shov·​el·​nose ˈshə-vəl-ˌnōz How to pronounce shovelnose (audio)
: a shovel-nosed animal and especially a fish

Examples of shovelnose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their ancestor probably looked quite similar to their closest modern relatives – the shovelnose rays, or guitarfishes. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 5 Mar. 2012 The shovelnose sturgeon were caught out of season in 2018 and 2019 using illegally sized mesh nets along the Ohio River on the Kentucky-Illinois border, according to U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett’s office in the Western District of Kentucky., 14 Apr. 2022 The frenzy of upright fins disrupting the shallows turned out to be a fever of shovelnose guitarfish, a type of elongated sea ray with a sharklike dorsal. Betsy Andrews, Travel + Leisure, 1 Mar. 2021 Back in the 1980s, Semmens attempted to make a sturddlefish by combining sperm from shovelnose sturgeons with eggs from paddlefish; the eggs started to develop but then quit. Quanta Magazine, 5 Aug. 2020 His business is located near Lake Barkley, Kentucky Lake and a section of the Ohio River where permitted fishermen can catch paddlefish and shovelnose sturgeon. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, 28 June 2018 The bond would be much lower - about $50,000 - to assist with monitoring escaped shovelnose. Tristan Baurick,, 7 Apr. 2018 Some of the shovelnose sturgeon will be returned to the river. Tristan Baurick,, 9 Mar. 2018 Part of this project will be aimed at determining the tolerance of the shovelnose species to saltwater as a means of determining how pallid sturgeon disperse during spillway openings. Tristan Baurick,, 9 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1709, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shovelnose was in 1709

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“Shovelnose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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