spadefish

noun
spade·​fish | \ ˈspād-ˌfish How to pronounce spadefish (audio) \

Definition of spadefish

: a laterally compressed bony fish (Chaetodipterus faber of the family Ephippidae) that resembles the angelfishes and is found in the warmer parts of the western Atlantic

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Recent Examples on the Web Determining a new species like the spadefish requires hours and hours to meticulously measure the length and number of fins, body parts and the distance between body parts. Danielle Hall, Smithsonian, "Scientist Lampoons Birth Announcemenst With Discovery of New ‘Spadenose’ Ray," 10 Sep. 2019 In Galveston Bay, only a few scattered of handfuls of dead fish, almost all of them mullet, spadefish or other small forage species have been reported. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Marine life, temperature warming back up," 6 Jan. 2018 The team has captured a trove of arresting scenes: a shipwrecked steamer in Thunder Bay, a school of striped Atlantic spadefish gliding through Gray’s Reef, a sunken statue of Christ encrusted with marine creatures in the Florida Keys. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Take a Virtual Swim Through Five Marine Sanctuaries," 22 May 2017 And the kids will compete in several species not available during the ADSFR, including sea robins, croakers, hardhead catfish, spadefish, oysterfish, pinfish and whiting. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Dr. Bob Shipp ready for 35th Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo," 16 July 2017 Sanders, who’s caught goliaths on mackerel, 5- to 10-pound jacks, half a barracuda and even a spadefish, uses 9-0 to 12-0 hooks, which are typically used to catch marlin and sharks. Steve Waters, Sun-Sentinel.com, "You better hang on if you hook a big goliath grouper," 23 June 2017 The team has captured a trove of arresting scenes: a shipwrecked steamer in Thunder Bay, a school of striped Atlantic spadefish gliding through Gray’s Reef, a sunken statue of Christ encrusted with marine creatures in the Florida Keys. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Take a Virtual Swim Through Five Marine Sanctuaries," 23 May 2017

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1704, in the meaning defined above

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“Spadefish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spadefish. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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