Definition of paddlefish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpadlˌfiSH/

noun (plural same or paddlefishes)

A large, mainly freshwater fish related to the sturgeon, with an elongated snout.
  • The plankton-feeding Polyodon spathula of the Mississippi basin, and the fish-eating Psephurus gladius of the Yangtze River, the only surviving members of the family Polyodontidae.
Example sentences
  • American paddlefish are mainly freshwater fish but can survive in brackish water.
  • Since sturgeons and paddlefish have lost many traits of most bony fish - they lack scales and have a cartilaginous skeleton - their fossil records are very sparse.
  • Within the Chondrostei, only sturgeons, bichirs and paddlefishes survive today, and many are threatened.

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Syllabification: pad·dle·fish

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