blue·​gill ˈblü-ˌgil How to pronounce bluegill (audio)
: a common sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus) of the eastern and central U.S. sought for food and sport

Examples of bluegill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lord also caught his fish from the Nanticoke River, using a hand-size live bluegill as bait. Outdoor Life, 27 Sep. 2023 Next to a quiet, unused barge slip near Bubbly Creek, another bluegill remained safely tucked away during the same two-week span earlier this summer. Adriana Pérez, Chicago Tribune, 20 Sep. 2023 Tied to the line on my Zebco 33 combo, many bluegill, bass, and crappie were added to my stringer. Rob McDonald, Field & Stream, 13 Sep. 2023 Chicot State Park — Louisiana A visit to Chicot State Park will put you deep in the bayous surroundings of Chicot Lake (which is stocked with bass, crappie, red-ear sunfish, and bluegill). Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 27 July 2023 Cooler overcast mornings were both pleasant on the body and ideal for catching a kayak-load of bluegills. Jim Gronaw, Baltimore Sun, 2 July 2023 Included in the sale are channel catfish, largemouth bass, triploid grass carp, hybrid bluegill, redear sunfish, golden shiner, fathead minnows and bluegill. Chicago Tribune, 15 July 2022 Both fish thrive in weedy areas, as the vegetation provides camouflaging cover and a good supply of smaller forage fish like suckers, chubs, bluegills, bass, and perch. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 19 July 2023 The team also caught a dozen bluegill sunfish, seven largemouth bass, a single creek chub and four hybrid green and pumpkinseed sunfish. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 28 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bluegill was in 1877

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“Bluegill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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blue·​gill ˈblü-ˌgil How to pronounce bluegill (audio)
: a common food and sport sunfish of the eastern and central U.S.

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