Definition of squawfish in English:

Share this entry


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).
Example sentences
  • 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.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: squaw|fish

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.