pan·​fish ˈpan-ˌfish How to pronounce panfish (audio)
: a small food fish (such as a sunfish) usually taken with hook and line and not available on the market

Examples of panfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While these fish are otherwise occupied, the bass below are looking to ambush the distracted panfish. Shaye Baker, Field & Stream, 6 June 2024 Check out my guide to the best ice fishing lures for panfish. Nicole Stone, Outdoor Life, 15 May 2024 These popular panfish are widely accessible and offer anglers exciting action throughout the year. Shaye Baker, Field & Stream, 9 May 2024 How to catch them: Perch are another panfish that thrive in many Idaho lakes. Jordan Rodriguez, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for panfish 

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Word History

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of panfish was in 1796

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“Panfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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pan·​fish ˈpan-ˌfish How to pronounce panfish (audio)
: a small food fish (as a sunfish) usually caught with a hook and line and not sold in stores
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