smallmouth bass

noun

small·​mouth bass ˈsmȯl-ˌmau̇th- How to pronounce smallmouth bass (audio)
: a black bass (Micropterus dolomieu) of clear rivers and lakes that is bronzy-green above and lighter below and has the vertex of the angle of the jaw falling below the eye

called also smallmouth, smallmouth black bass

Illustration of smallmouth bass

Illustration of smallmouth bass

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web With more than a dozen inland lakes and an abundant supply of muskies, smallmouth bass, and northern pike, the fishing at Tahquamenon is bar none. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 May 2022 Night walleye bite luring anglers: As smallmouth bass and yellow perch move to shallower Lake Erie waters, so do the walleye. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 27 Oct. 2022 And how about the effect on the premiere species, smallmouth bass? David Peterson, Arkansas Online, 17 Nov. 2022 Two smallmouth bass — one 9 ½ inches and the other 13 — dangled among four other fish snared in the webbing. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 19 July 2022 This year’s films take fly fishermen from smallmouth bass fishing in Oregon to Farquhar Atoll in the Indian Ocean to provide an evening of fly-fishing adventure. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 7 Oct. 2022 This summer, nonnative smallmouth bass were discovered for the first time downstream of the Glen Canyon Dam. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Aug. 2022 Minutes later, the park service confirmed their worst fear: smallmouth bass had in fact been found and were likely reproducing in the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 July 2022 The park service confirmed their worst fear: smallmouth bass had in fact been found and are likely reproducing in the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam. Brittany Peterson, USA TODAY, 6 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

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“Smallmouth bass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smallmouth%20bass. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

smallmouth bass

noun
small·​mouth bass ˌsmȯl-ˌmau̇th- How to pronounce smallmouth bass (audio)
: a black bass that lives in clear rivers and lakes and is bronze green above and lighter below

called also smallmouth black bass

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