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  • n. Spirinchus lanceolatus, a Japanese smelt.

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Japanese 柳葉魚 (ししゃも, shishamo, literally "willow leaf fish") (kanji are ateji, or rather jukujikun), from Ainu susam, presumably from susu ("willow") + ham ("leaf"). “Willow leaf” is due to the fish’s slender shape, similar to the shape of a willow leaf.

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