plural noun

: a family of North American carnivorous percoid freshwater fishes containing the sunfishes, crappies, black basses, and others valuable as food and game
adjective or noun

Word History


New Latin, from centrarchus, type genus (from Greek kentron sharp point + archos rectum) + -idae

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“Centrarchidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Centrarchidae. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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