Definitions of sunfish
  1. noun
    small carnivorous freshwater percoid fishes of North America usually having a laterally compressed body and metallic luster: crappies; black bass; bluegills; pumpkinseed
    synonyms: centrarchid
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    small sunfishes of central United States rivers
    bream, freshwater bream
    any of various usually edible freshwater percoid fishes having compressed bodies and shiny scales; especially (but not exclusively) of the genus Lepomis
    Lepomis gibbosus, pumpkinseed
    small brilliantly colored North American sunfish
    Ambloplites rupestris, rock bass, rock sunfish
    game and food fish of upper Mississippi and Great Lakes
    black bass
    widely distributed and highly prized American freshwater game fishes (sunfish family)
    Abramis brama, European bream
    European freshwater fish having a flattened body and silvery scales; of little value as food
    Pomoxis nigromaculatus, black crappie
    a crappie that is black
    Pomoxis annularis, white crappie
    a crappie that is white
    Lepomis macrochirus, bluegill
    important edible sunfish of eastern and central United States
    Lepomis punctatus, spotted sunfish, stumpknocker
    inhabits streams from South Carolina to Florida; esteemed panfish
    Kentucky black bass, Micropterus pseudoplites, spotted black bass
    a variety of black bass
    Micropterus dolomieu, smallmouth, smallmouth bass, smallmouth black bass, smallmouthed bass, smallmouthed black bass
    a variety of black bass; the angle of the jaw falls below the eye
    Micropterus salmoides, largemouth, largemouth bass, largemouth black bass, largemouthed bass, largemouthed black bass
    a large black bass; the angle of the jaw falls behind the eye
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    percoid, percoid fish, percoidean
    any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
  2. noun
    the lean flesh of any of numerous American perch-like fishes of the family Centrarchidae
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    small sunfishes of the genus Pomoxis of central United States rivers
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    freshwater fish
    flesh of fish from fresh water used as food
  3. noun
    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
    synonyms: headfish, mola, ocean sunfish
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    Mola lanceolata, sharptail mola
    caudal fin has a central projection
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    plectognath, plectognath fish
    tropical marine fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick skin covered with bony plates or spines
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