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noun (plural same or basses)
- 2any of a number of fish similar to or related to the bass, in particular.
- a mainly marine fish found in temperate waters (family Percichthyidae or Moronidae, including Dicentrarchus labrax of European waters and genus Morone of North America). an American freshwater fish of the sunfish family, popular with anglers (genera Ambloplites and Micropterus, family Centrarchidae). a sea bass.
late Middle English: alteration of dialect barse, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch baars and German Barsch