Definitions for paddlefishˈpæd lˌfɪʃ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pad•dle•fishˈpæd lˌfɪʃ(n.)(pl.)-fish•es; -fish.
a large fish, Polyodon spathula, of the Mississippi River and its larger tributaries, having a long, flat, paddlelike snout.
Origin of paddlefish:
paddlefish, duckbill, Polyodon spathula(noun)
primitive fish of the Mississippi valley having a long paddle-shaped snout
Any of several primitive fish, of the family Polyodontidae, that have a long snout shaped like a paddle.
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