red·​ear ˈred-ˌir How to pronounce redear (audio)
: a common sunfish (Lepomis microlophus) of the southern and eastern U.S. that resembles the bluegill but has the back part of the operculum bright orange red and that feeds especially on snails

called also shellcracker

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The lake has been restocked with black bass, bluegill, redear bream, and fathead minnows, according to the listing. Gabriel Romero, Chron, 24 Aug. 2022 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 The fishing for bass, bluegills and redear sunfish — also known as the chinquapin in Cajun country — was a bit slow in the wake of recent deluges that raised the water in the miles of canals a foot or so. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, 24 June 2021 The redear gets its name from the colorful edges on its ear flaps. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 22 May 2021 What gives with all the super-sized redear sunfish at Havasu? Matt Williams, Dallas News, 22 May 2021 There are bluegill, yellow perch, channel catfish, hybrid bluegill, redear shellcrackers, fathead minnows, white amur and koi. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 16 Apr. 2021 Included are largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill/sunfish, minnows, redear sunfish, white amurs and yellow perch. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 5 Jan. 2021 The habitat attracts geese, shorebirds and waterfowl, and also helps support turtles, small bass and redear sunfish. Tom Stienstra,, 12 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of redear was circa 1948

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Cite this Entry

“Redear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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Last Updated: 1 Sep 2022

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