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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.]
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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
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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.
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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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The LuLu was sunk in 2013 off Orange Beach, Alabama, and its cargo deck--one of three levels--is 65 feet, where lions hover, and schools of spadefish hide.
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,
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(5) With the movement of a school of spadefish, like the panning of a panoramic surveillance camera, the reader inch by inch inspects every part of the body of the huge "monster" (as it is addressed by the fish throughout the entire chapter), the tail fluke, the black dorsal fin, the ventral pleats running from the belly area to the tip of the lower jaw, the two huge flippers, and the enormous mouth.
In many fish, part of the skull is affected, such as the supraoccipital of the spadefish. In others, such as in the crevalle jack, it's the ribs, vertebrae, or other skull bones that are involved.
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.
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