plural noun

: a family of vigorous active percoid fishes that is now usually restricted to freshwater forms of the northern hemisphere including the true perches, pike perches, and a few related forms (as the zingel) but that formerly also included the sand darters or was sometimes made nearly coextensive with Percoidea see perca

Word History


New Latin, from Perca, type genus + -idae

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“Percidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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