Definition of bowfin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbōˌfin/


A predatory American freshwater fish with a large blunt head and a long dorsal fin. It is able to survive for long periods out of water.
  • Amia calva, the only living member of the family Amiidae.
Example sentences
  • Some of the fish orders with both fresh and saltwater species are the toadfish order, garpike order, bowfin, sturgeon, herring/anchovy, salmon/trout/pike, catfish, clingfish, stickleback, scorpionfish, and flatfish orders.
  • This group included a number of lineages, including relatives of today's gars and bowfins.
  • A single bowfin (Amia calva; family Amiidae) was also collected at Cross Lake.


Late 19th century: from bow1 + fin.

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Syllabification: bow·fin

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