noun (plural same or sunfishes)
1a large deep-bodied marine fish of warm seas, with tall dorsal and anal fins near the rear of the body and a very short tail. Also called mola.
- Family Molidae: three genera and several species, in particular the very large ocean sunfish (Mola mola), also commonly called mola mola
2a nest-building freshwater fish that is native to North America and popular in aquariums, e.g., the pumpkinseed.
- Several genera and species in the family Centrarchidae (the sunfish family). This family also includes sport fish such as the black basses, rock bass, bluegill, and crappies