: a genus of North American freshwater sunfishes (family Centrarchidae) that includes the bluegill and several closely related panfishes

Word History


New Latin, from Greek lepis scale, flake + -pomis (from pōma lid, cover, operculum); akin to Greek poimēn herdsman, shepherd, pōy herd, flock

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“Lepomis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Lepomis. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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