Nile perch


: a large predaceous food fish (Lates niloticus) of the rivers and lakes of northern and central Africa that may exceed 200 pounds (91 kilograms) in weight

Examples of Nile perch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The introduction of Nile perch and water hyacinth, both invasive species, has sent native fish numbers plummeting. Kang-Chun Cheng, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 Aug. 2021 The introduction of Nile perch in Lake Victoria, to boost the fishing industry, has now destroyed more than 200 native species of fish and threatens the ecosystem as a whole. Washington Post, 14 May 2021 Pictured here are dead Nile perch on a butcher table waiting for transport to local markets. Discover Magazine, 29 June 2010

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Nile perch was in 1926

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“Nile perch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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