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noun (plural same or perches)
- an edible freshwater fish with a high spiny dorsal fin, dark vertical bars on the body, and orange lower fins.
- Genus Perca, family Percidae (the perch family): three species, in particular P. fluviatilis of Europe (also called bass2), and the almost identical yellow perch (P. flavescens) of North America. The perch family also includes the pikeperches, ruffe, and darters
late Middle English: from Old French perche, via Latin from Greek perkē