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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.
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(Animals) a common North American freshwater sunfish, Lepomis macrochirus: an important food and game fish
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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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A year later, we moved to Florida where our spanking new neighborhood on the eastern edge of the Everglades had a long manmade canal brimmin' with fish, mostly bluegills and shellcrackers.
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Reflecting back, my memories of catching crickets and minnows for bait are just as fond as the bluegills we caught.
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