thread·​fin ˈthred-ˌfin How to pronounce threadfin (audio)
: any of various bony fishes (family Polynemidae, especially genus Polydactylus) having elongated filamentous rays on the pectoral fin
also : a fish (such as Dorosoma pretense of the herring family) having usually one similar ray extending from a fin

Examples of threadfin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My favorites back home are humpback grouper, threadfin, and striped mullet. Lucas Sin, Bon Appétit, 20 Mar. 2024 Baby striper, bone flash, chrome blue/back, sliver black/back, threadfin shad Pros Good double-jointed action Flash tail Realistic design Affordable Cons None The Knuckle-Head from Creek Chub is one of a few truly original topwater baits in a world of copycat designs. Mark Modoski, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 As noted above, bluegills and threadfin shad are more commonly eaten by bass across southern fisheries, while goby, perch, and smelt are the more typical fare in the North. Shaye Baker, Field & Stream, 14 June 2023 In Linnaean taxonomy, hybrids look like algebra—two species names adjoined with an x. A hybrid between a threadfin butterflyfish and a lined butterflyfish becomes C. auriga × C. lineolatus. Sabrina Imbler, Time, 15 Dec. 2022 Slow-troll a lively threadfin behind a planer board, and it might get smashed by a fat landlocked striper. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, 30 Mar. 2020 Hatches of a small feeder fish called threadfin shad are schooling and can attract bass and trout into feeding frenzies. Tom Stienstra,, 21 Sep. 2019 The browns have been feeding on small threadfin shad on the surface early and late in the day. Tyler Mahoney special To The Star, kansascity, 23 May 2018 Minnows are working the best, but black and chartreuse plastic jigs are working well, along with Bobby Garland threadfin shad. Tyler Mahoney special To The Star, kansascity, 9 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of threadfin was circa 1890

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“Threadfin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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