Definition of squawfish in English:

squawfish

noun

  • A large predatory freshwater fish of the carp family, with a slender body and large mouth, found in western North America.

    • ‘In my search across the internet, I have yet to come across anyone who fly fishes for squawfish.’
    • ‘With its large mouth and torpedo-shaped body, the Colorado squawfish is an efficient predator on other fishes.’
    • ‘The northern squawfish also preys effectively on game fish, and often becomes the dominant species in reservoirs, despite biologists’ efforts to limit their population size.’
    • ‘Mercury occurred in concentrations above acceptable limits in rainbow trout and northern squawfish from Okanagan Lake and in northern squawfish from Skaha and Osoyoos Lakes.’
    • ‘When this and other squawfish spawn in the upper Gunnison River, their young are carried downstream by the current and may spill over the Redlands Diversion Dam.’

Origin

Late 19th century: the word derives from the former importance to American Indians of such fish, as food.

Pronunciation

squawfish

/ˈskwɔːfɪʃ/