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n. pl. sunfish or sun·fish·es
1. Any of various North American freshwater fishes of the family Centrarchidae, having laterally compressed, often brightly colored bodies and including the crappies, black bass, bluegill, and pumpkinseed.
2. Any of several large marine fishes of the family Molidae, especially the ocean sunfish.
[From the roundish bodies and bright colors of many sunfish species.]
n, pl -fish or -fishes
1. (Animals) any large plectognath fish of the family Molidae, of temperate and tropical seas, esp Mola mola, which has a large rounded compressed body, long pointed dorsal and anal fins, and a fringelike tail fin
2. (Animals) any of various small predatory North American freshwater percoid fishes of the family Centrarchidae, typically having a compressed brightly coloured body
n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
any freshwater fish of the North American family Centrarchidae, including crappies and black bass.
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|Noun||1.||sunfish - the lean flesh of any of numerous American perch-like fishes of the family Centrarchidae|
centrarchid, sunfish - small carnivorous freshwater percoid fishes of North America usually having a laterally compressed body and metallic luster: crappies; black bass; bluegills; pumpkinseed
freshwater fish - flesh of fish from fresh water used as food
crappie - small sunfishes of the genus Pomoxis of central United States rivers
|2.||sunfish - among the largest bony fish; pelagic fish having an oval compressed body with high dorsal and anal fins and caudal fin reduced to a rudder-like lobe; worldwide in warm waters|
plectognath, plectognath fish - tropical marine fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick skin covered with bony plates or spines
genus Mola - type genus of the Molidae
|3.||sunfish - small carnivorous freshwater percoid fishes of North America usually having a laterally compressed body and metallic luster: crappies; black bass; bluegills; pumpkinseed|
crappie - small sunfishes of central United States rivers
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
Ambloplites rupestris, rock sunfish, rock bass - game and food fish of upper Mississippi and Great Lakes
black bass - widely distributed and highly prized American freshwater game fishes (sunfish family)
sunfish - the lean flesh of any of numerous American perch-like fishes of the family Centrarchidae