noun Date: 1845 a predaceous dull-green iridescent North American freshwater fish (Amia calva) that is the only surviving member of an order (Amiiformes) dating back to the Jurassic

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  • Bowfin — Bow fin , n. (Zo[ o]l.) A voracious ganoid fish ({Amia calva}) found in the fresh waters of the United States; the mudfish; called also {Johnny Grindle}, and {dogfish}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bowfin — ☆ bowfin [bō′fin΄ ] n. a primitive freshwater fish (Amia calva) of E North America, with a rounded tail fin and a long, narrow fin on its back: it is the only living member of an order (Amiiformes) of bony fishes …   English World dictionary

  • Bowfin — Taxobox name = Bowfin regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Actinopterygii ordo = Amiiformes ordo authority = Hay, 1929 familia = Amiidae familia authority = Bonaparte, 1838 genus = Amia species = A. calva binomial = Amia calva binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • Bowfin — This is a very interesting and extremely rare surname. It would seem to originate from a group particularly found in the USA, which can be described as literal spellings . In other words to look at they have no obvious origin or meaning, nor is… …   Surnames reference

  • bowfin — /boh fin /, n. a carnivorous ganoid fish, Amia calva, found in sluggish fresh waters of eastern North America. Also called grindle. [1835 45, Amer.; BOW2 + FIN] * * * Voracious freshwater fish (Amia calva) that is the only living representative… …   Universalium

  • bowfin — Amia Am i*a, n. [L., fr. Gr. ? a kind of tunny.] (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of fresh water ganoid fishes, exclusively confined to North America; called {bowfin} in Lake Champlain, {dogfish} in Lake Erie, and {mudfish} in South Carolina, etc. See {Bowfin} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bowfin — Scottish Vernacular Dictionary adj : Smelly, dirty like mingin with the emphasis on the smelly. Ah wisht ah d washed ma jumper efter ah wis sick oan it last week. It s pure bowfin noo, so it is …   English dialects glossary

  • bowfin — /ˈboʊfɪn/ (say bohfin) noun (plural bowfin or bowfins) a North American freshwater ganoid fish, Amia calva; freshwater dogfish. Usage: For variation in the plural inflection, see note at fish1 …   Australian English dictionary

  • bowfin — dumblažuvė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Amia calva angl. amie; blackfish; bowfin; bowfish; cottonfish; mudfish rus. амия; ильная рыба ryšiai: platesnis terminas – dumblažuvės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • bowfin — noun A voracious ganoid fish (Amia calva) found in the fresh waters of the United States; the mudfish; called also Johnny Grindle, and dogfish. Syn: dogfish, Johnny Grindle, mudfish …   Wiktionary

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