sunfish

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noun

sun·​fish ˈsən-ˌfish How to pronounce sunfish (audio)
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: any of numerous North American freshwater bony fishes (family Centrarchidae, especially genus Lepomis) usually with a deep compressed body and metallic luster

Sunfish

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trademark

used for a small light sailboat that has one sail

Examples of sunfish in a Sentence

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Noun
Boyett beat the previous freshwater sunfish record of 11 ounces by weight, set in 2019, according to state officials. Olivia Lloyd, Miami Herald, 1 July 2024 The over seven-foot sunfish, also known as Mola tecta, was found on Gearhart Beach in the seaside city of Gearhart approximately 80 miles northwest of Portland, according to a Thursday Facebook post by the Seaside Aquarium in nearby Seaside. James Powel, USA TODAY, 9 June 2024 The lake also holds strong numbers of sunfish, some up to 8 inches long. Chad Murphy, The Enquirer, 11 June 2024 In Iowa, the majority of the deceased fish were minnows, shiners, dace, or chub, though thousands of channel catfish and at least 264 flatheads were killed, too, along with carp and sunfish. Sage Marshall, Field & Stream, 3 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for sunfish 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

circa 1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sunfish was circa 1630

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Kids Definition

sunfish

noun
sun·​fish ˈsən-ˌfish How to pronounce sunfish (audio)
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: a very large sea fish that is flattened from side to side and has long fins and a small mouth
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: any of a family of North American freshwater fishes that are related to the perches, are often brightly colored, and usually have a body that is flattened from side to side

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