Definition of squawfish in English:

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squawfish

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.

Origin

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

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