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n. pl. spadefish or spade·fish·es
Any of several marine food and game fishes of the family Ephippidae, especially Chaetodipterus faber of warm western Atlantic coastal waters, having a deep, laterally compressed body with a short snout.

[From its shape.]


n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any spiny-finned food fish of the family Ephippidae, esp Chaetodipterus faber of American Atlantic coastal waters, having a deeply compressed body



n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
a deep-bodied marine fish of the genus Chaetodipterus, of Atlantic coastal waters of North America.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spadefish - deep-bodied disk-shaped food fish of warmer western Atlantic coastal watersspadefish - deep-bodied disk-shaped food fish of warmer western Atlantic coastal waters
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean - any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
Chaetodipterus, genus Chaetodipterus - a genus of Ephippidae
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