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n. panfish or pan·fish·es
A fish small enough to be fried whole in a pan.
intr.v. pan·fished, pan·fish·ing, pan·fish·es
To fish for panfish.


(Cookery) US a small fish caught for cooking whole in a pan



n., pl. -fish•es, (esp. collectively) -fish.
any small, freshwater food fish, as a perch or sunfish, that is usu. cooked by pan-frying.
[1795–1805, Amer.]
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Noun1.panfish - any of numerous small food fishes; especially those caught with hook and line and not available on the market
fish - the flesh of fish used as food; "in Japan most fish is eaten raw"; "after the scare about foot-and-mouth disease a lot of people started eating fish instead of meat"; "they have a chef who specializes in fish"