Definition of squawfish in English:


Line breaks: squaw|fish
Pronunciation: /ˈskwɔːfɪʃ

noun (plural same or squawfishes)

  • A large predatory freshwater fish of the carp family, with a slender body and large mouth, found in western North America.
    • Genus Ptychocheilus, family Cyprinidae: several species, in particular the northern squawfish (P. oregonensis)
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    • With its large mouth and torpedo-shaped body, the Colorado squawfish is an efficient predator on other fishes.
    • In my search across the internet, I have yet to come across anyone who fly fishes for squawfish.
    • When this and other squawfish spawn in the upper Gunnison River, their young are carried downstream by the current and may spill over the Redlands Diversion Dam.


late 19th century: the word derives from the former importance to American Indians of such fish, as food.

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