perch

37 ENTRIES FOUND:

1perch

noun \ˈpərch\

Definition of PERCH

1
:  a bar or peg on which something is hung
2
a :  a roost for a bird
b :  a resting place or vantage point :  seat
c :  a prominent position <his new perch as president>
3
chiefly British :  rod 2

Origin of PERCH

Middle English perche, from Anglo-French, from Latin pertica pole
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl

Rhymes with PERCH

2perch

verb

: to sit on or be on something high or on something from which it is easy to fall

: to put (someone or something) on something high or on something from which it is easy to fall

Full Definition of PERCH

intransitive verb
:  to alight, settle, or rest on a perch, a height, or a precarious spot
transitive verb
:  to place on a perch, a height, or a precarious spot

Examples of PERCH

  1. <pigeons perching on the roof>
  2. <perched the baby in a basket>

First Known Use of PERCH

14th century

3perch

noun
plural perch or perch·es

Definition of PERCH

1
a :  a small European freshwater bony fish (Perca fluviatilis of the family Percidae, the perch family)
b :  yellow perch
2
:  any of numerous bony fishes (as of the families Percidae, Centrarchidae, and Serranidae)

Illustration of PERCH

Origin of PERCH

Middle English perche, from Anglo-French, from Latin perca, from Greek perkē; akin to Old High German faro colored, Latin porcus, a spiny fish
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Fishes Terms

char, chum, ichthyology, smelt, tetra, turbot

perch

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Either of two species (family Percidae, order Perciformes) of popular food and sport fishes: the Eurasian common perch (Perca fluviatilis) or the North American yellow perch (P. flavescens). Some consider the two a single species. Both have one spiny and one soft-rayed dorsal fin. Perches are carnivores of quiet ponds, lakes, streams, and rivers. The common perch is greenish, with dark vertical bars on the sides and reddish in the lower fins. It grows to 6 lbs (3 kg), rarely more. The yellow perch, similar but yellower, grows to about 15 in. (40 cm) and weighs up to 2 lbs (1 kg); it is a popular game fish. See also sauger, sea bass, walleye.

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: percha
Previous Word in the Dictionary: Perceval
All Words Near: perch

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up perch? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).