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n. pl. pinfish or pin·fish·es
Any of several small spiny-finned marine fishes of the family Sparidae, especially Lagodon rhomboides of North America, found in coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.


n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) a small porgy, Lagodon rhomboides, occurring off the SE North American coast of the Atlantic. Also called: sailor's choice
[so named because it has spines]



n., pl. -fish•es, (esp. collectively) -fish.
a small, spiny-finned porgy, Lagodonrhomboides, inhabiting bays of the S Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the U.S.
[1875–80, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pinfish - similar to sea breampinfish - similar to sea bream; small spiny-finned fish found in bays along the southeastern coast of the United States
sparid, sparid fish - spiny-finned food fishes of warm waters having well-developed teeth
genus Lagodon, Lagodon - a genus of Sparidae
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The smallest (80-mm-SL) and the largest (203-mm-SL) pinfishes were captured in the 6-10 m and 11-15 m depth ranges, respectively.