noun \-ˌfish\

: a large fish with a round body that lives in the sea

Full Definition of SUNFISH

:  any of numerous North American freshwater bony fishes (family Centrarchidae, especially genus Lepomis) usually with a deep compressed body and metallic luster

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Definition of SUNFISH

used for a small light sailboat that has one sail


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Pumpkinseed sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus).—Jacques Six

Any of numerous species of brightly coloured North American carnivorous freshwater fishes placed with the crappies and black basses in the family Centrarchidae. Usually less than 8 in. (20 cm) long, sunfishes are fine food and game fishes. The best-known are the black-banded sunfish (Enneacanthus chaetodon) of the eastern U.S. and the bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), which has an orange belly and blue markings. The longear sunfish has orange spots and wavy, bright blue streaks. The pumpkinseed, or common sunfish, has an orange belly and a red spot on its ear. The rock bass has irregular dark markings.


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