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A predatory American freshwater fish with a large blunt head and a long dorsal fin. It is able to survive for long periods out of water.
- ‘The bowfin prefers backwater lakes and rivers and probably came from the LaMoine or Illinois valley.’
- ‘A single bowfin (Amia calva; family Amiidae) was also collected at Cross Lake.’
- ‘They have been suggested to be the sister group of Acipenseriformes + Neopterygii (gars, bowfin, and teleosts) by both morphological and molecular phylogenetic studies.’
- ‘This group included a number of lineages, including relatives of today's gars and bowfins.’
- ‘Some of the fish orders with both fresh and saltwater species are the toadfish order, garpike order, bowfin, sturgeon, herring/anchovy, salmon/trout/pike, catfish, clingfish, stickleback, scorpionfish, and flatfish orders.’
- ‘There are bowfins, longnose and Florida gars, 15 species of sunfish, seven species of catfish, largemouth bass, and Suwannee bass.’
Late 19th century: from bow + fin.
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