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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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We snorkeled around the offshore tower we were moored to, watching schools of spadefish glide through the pilings.
Much has now been pillaged by irresponsible booty hunters but my abiding memory is of a very large Circular Spadefish that hung around the rope to the wreck.
Why not be content with spadefish and nurse sharks,
Ours involved being stalked for half an hour by three Pinnate Spadefish in the Maldives as we navigated the underground gardens of a coral reef, 12m below sea.
All the way through the exploration, the school of spadefish is constantly shocked, scattered away, and soon gathered together again.
In many fish, part of the skull is affected, such as the supraoccipital of the spadefish.
November 17 The American submarine Spadefish sinks the Japanese escort carrier Shinyo in the Yellow Sea, between Shanghai and Korea.
As a World War II submariner, Perry Wood has given many interviews over the years, but he remains bashful when speaking about his experiences as the navigation officer on the USS Spadefish in the Sea of Japan.
Picture a saltwater bream that weighs up to 20 pounds, with the same "never quit" attitude as a jack crevalle, and you'll understand the appeal of Atlantic spadefish.
Moore skillfully re-creates life and war aboard one of America's most successful WWII submarines, the Spadefish (SS-411).
The species included sheepshead, mullet, redfish, seatrout, flounder, catfish, spadefish, small baitfish and horseshoe crabs.
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