from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The mudfish, Amia calva.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.), Local, U. S. The bowfin; -- called also Johnny Grindle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A fish, the bowfin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun primitive long-bodied carnivorous freshwater fish with a very long dorsal fin; found in sluggish waters of North America


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  • He could find that the mudfish is called bowfin in textbooks, that in south Arkansas and north Louisiana it is written grindle or grinnel but always pronounced [` grinl]; that in south Louisiana it is called green cypress trout, grinnel, and choupique, which in English is pronounced [š]; that in northwest Florida the word grindle is sometimes pronounced

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XXIII No 4


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