threadfin

noun
thread·fin | \ˈthred-ˌfin \

Definition of threadfin 

: 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

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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, "Fishing report: The angling is good, from reports across the region | The Kansas City Star," 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, "Outdoors report: Improved fishing prospects, and a Missouri turkey tally | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 2018 Maybe the threadfin dragonfish, with its winning smile and luminous purple photophore, will unlock the next big technological innovation. Sonke Johnsen, National Geographic, "How Deep-Sea Fish Are So Exceptionally Black," 18 Apr. 2018 Fishing: $6 daily permit per person (over age 16), funds used to buy and stock rainbow trout; use of threadfin shad for bait prohibited. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunday drive to Pardee Reservoir," 1 Apr. 2018 The mussels feed on microscopic plankton - the base of the food chain that supports forage species such as threadfin shad. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Boaters key to slowing invasive species," 3 Mar. 2018 Largemouth bass continue to be the top species as the bass are holding in current and becoming very active, feeding on the abundant threadfin shad and crawdads. sacbee, "Salmon finally show up on American River | The Sacramento Bee," 10 Oct. 2017 Both smallmouth and largemouth bass are feasting on the threadfin shad population and anglers are fishing surface plugs early in the morning to score on bass. By Roger George And Dave Hurley, sacbee.com, "Fishing Report: Week of May 8," 9 May 2017

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circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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