Definition of sunfish
1 : ocean sunfish
2 : any of numerous North American freshwater bony fishes (family Centrarchidae, especially genus Lepomis) usually with a deep compressed body and metallic luster
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The lake has been expertly managed since its construction and is home to numerous species of freshwater sport fish, such as trophy-class black bass, blue gill sunfish, warmouth sunfish and catfish.
Outlook: Jayhawk Marina reports: Crappies good on minnows in 8 to 10 feet of water; catfish fair to good on goldfish and sunfish on limb lines; walleyes very good in 5 to 10 feet of water on nightcrawlers; all other species slow.
Hunter's lab is dissecting and modeling sunfish fins, each controlled by more than 50 muscles, to try to create artificial fins that reproduce the sunfish's complex motions.
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First Known Use of sunfish
Definition of Sunfish
—used for a small light sailboat that has one sail
SUNFISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sunfish for English Language Learners
: a large fish with a round body that lives in the sea
SUNFISH Defined for Kids
Definition of sunfish for Students
: a small and brightly colored North American freshwater fish related to the perch
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