pump·​kin·​seed ˈpəm(p)-kən-ˌsēd How to pronounce pumpkinseed (audio)
: a brightly colored freshwater sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus) with a reddish spot on the operculum

Examples of pumpkinseed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Top colors are pumpkinseed, smoke, purple, black, motor oil, and chartreuse. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, 20 Mar. 2023 Some of the best public lakes for catching bluegills, crappie, pumpkinseed and other sunfish are sprinkled around the Cleveland Metroparks, and are perfect for picnics and family fishing. cleveland, 9 July 2020 Keep in mind that when, say, a purple plastic worm fails to draw strikes, a pumpkinseed worm isn't likely to turn things around. Mark Hicks, Field & Stream, 15 June 2020 But spotted sunfish, pumpkinseeds, green, and longear sunfish also are widely distributed and caught by countless anglers. Popular Science, 1 June 2020 Ulli’s Oil Mill organic oils, each 3.4 ounces, camelina, $18; raps (rapeseed), $15; hemp, $20; chile oil, $20; Austrian pumpkinseed, $20, ullisoilmill.com. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 9 July 2018 Anglers caught 10 non-natives: Yellow perch; black and white crappie; largemouth and smallmouth bass; pumpkinseed; bluegill; bullhead and channel catfish, and walleye. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, 25 Oct. 2017 He’s after bluegills, bass, pumpkinseeds and walleyes. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pumpkinseed was in 1814

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“Pumpkinseed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pumpkinseed. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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pump·​kin·​seed -ˌsēd How to pronounce pumpkinseed (audio)
: a small brightly colored North American freshwater sunfish

Medical Definition

pumpkin seed

: pepo

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