green sunfish


: a sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus) of the Great Lakes region and southwestward to the Rio Grande that is largely greenish above with a blue spot on many of the scales

Examples of green sunfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two often occur adjacently, but in terms of angler access, the green sunfish tends to spend more time deeper, while the bluegill may feed from inches of shoreline water out to deep weed beds in 12 feet or more. David A. Brown, Field & Stream, 11 Jan. 2024 Officials already were battling invasive species below the dam, suppressing green sunfish that apparently swept through the turbines, and rewarding anglers with a bounty on brown trout. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 19 July 2022 But an emerging threat becomes evident in early June as Friesen hauls up minnow traps and gillnets packed with carp, gizzard shad, green sunfish and, ominously, three smallmouth bass. CBS News, 15 June 2022 The waterway has a lot of diversity and lower numbers of tolerant fish such as carp, bullheads and green sunfish, and greater numbers of intolerant species such as the stonecat madtom and mimic and roseface shiners. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 13 May 2022 Walleye, Northern pike, largemouth bass, channel catfish, fathead minnows, green sunfish and bluegill are found in the lake. Karie Angell Luc, Chicago Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 The sunfish were all green sunfish, which is a more aggressive species that has a tendency to make its way into all sorts of water bodies. Brian Lisik,, 9 July 2019 My first cast produced a green sunfish — a relatively rare catch in Idaho. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, 2 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of green sunfish was in 1887

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“Green sunfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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