from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fish of the family Polyodontidae, having a long paddle-shaped snout, especially Polyodon spathula of the Mississippi River basin. Also called spoonbill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several primitive fish, of the family Polyodontidae, that have a long snout shaped like a paddle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large ganoid fish (Polyodon spathula) found in the rivers of the Mississippi Valley. It has a long spatula-shaped snout. Called also duck-billed cat, and spoonbill sturgeon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The spoon-billed sturgeon, Polyodon (or Spatularia) spatula, a ganoid fish of the family Polyodontidæ (or Spatulariidæ), attaining a length of five or six feet, abundant in the Mississippi river and its larger tributaries.

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

  • n. primitive fish of the Mississippi valley having a long paddle-shaped snout


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