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n. pl. bluegill or blue·gills
An edible sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus) of North American lakes and streams, having a dark spot on the dorsal fin.


(Animals) a common North American freshwater sunfish, Lepomis macrochirus: an important food and game fish



a bluish freshwater sunfish, Lepomismacrochirus, of the Mississippi River valley.
[1880–85, Amer.]
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Noun1.bluegill - important edible sunfish of eastern and central United Statesbluegill - important edible sunfish of eastern and central United States
freshwater bream, bream - any of various usually edible freshwater percoid fishes having compressed bodies and shiny scales; especially (but not exclusively) of the genus Lepomis
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Everyone gathered for breakfast at a local restaurant, and then they were off to a private pond, fishing for blue gill, crappie, and walleye.
The 4,000-acre state park offers camping, hiking, swimming, bird and wildlife viewing, picnicking, and fishing for bass and blue gill on the two small lakes.