surf·​perch ˈsərf-ˌpərch How to pronounce surfperch (audio)
: any of a family (Embiotocidae) of small or medium-sized viviparous bony fishes chiefly of shallow water along the Pacific coast of North America that resemble the perches

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Shore fishing was good for various surfperch and a few striped bass were also taken. sacbee, 30 Apr. 2018 Along the beaches of the area, surfperch were biting much better on overcast days than bright sunny days. sacbee, 30 Apr. 2018 Shore fishing was very good for surfperch along sandy beaches and for kelp greenling, rockfish and cabezon in the rockier spots such as Old Mill. sacbee, 20 Mar. 2018 Surf fishers caught barred surfperch and a few redtail perch. sacbee, 20 Mar. 2018 Fishing for surfperch has been good at the South Jetty sandspit. sacbee, 31 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of surfperch was in 1885

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“Surfperch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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