Re: NANFA-- Fish Folklore/ language history

R. W. Wolff (
Thu, 8 Nov 2001 11:15:32 -0600

> dogfish -- inspired by the bowfin's large canine teeth.

They are called that here because they bark, actually let air out of their
lung when caught. I have this one video happening.

> cotton fish-- derives from the opinion that eating cold or improperly
> cooked bowfin is like having a ball of cotton in one's mouth.

I read that this was from the inside of the mouth being white, so when one
is realing in this fish they see what looks like cotton glob on the end of
the line, actually the maw of a bowfin.

> beaverfish -- seen from above in turbid waters, a swimming adult bowfin
> resemble a swimming beaver

I also read this is from the round tail, like a round beaver tail. It did
not say if it was when it was in the water, or when it was brought out and
lying on shore.

I remember a variation of Poisson - castor, and was marsh fish. Poisson
mariah or something like that.


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