from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The popular name of fishes of the family Catostomidæ, or suckers, and genus Ictiobus or Bubalichthys.
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It was of the kind commonly called the bony-tail or humpback or buffalo-fish, a peculiar species found in many of the rivers of the Southwest.
We git plenty of cat-fish, buffalo-fish, yellow perch, and bass, and sell them at the little towns along the river.