Madtom definition

mădtŏm
Any of several small freshwater North American catfishes of the genus Noturus, having poison glands at the base of the pectoral and dorsal fin spines.
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Noun

Singular:
madtom
Plural:
madtoms

Origin of madtom

  • mad tom(cat) (probably so called because the fish swim in an excited zigzag manner when agitated)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition