Definition of squawfish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskwôˌfiSH/

noun (plural same or squawfishes)

A large predatory freshwater fish of the minnow 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.

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