Definition of sunfish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsənˌfiSH/

noun (plural same or sunfishes)

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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.
Example sentences
  • Covered in sandpapery skin smeared with copious amounts of mucus, the Mola mola, or giant ocean sunfish, grows up to 10 feet long and can weigh over 5,000 pounds.
  • They're Mola mola, or giant ocean sunfish, gentle creatures named for their habit of lying at the ocean surface, appearing to sunbathe.
  • Found in all tropical and temperate oceans, the Mola mola, or giant ocean sunfish, eats mainly jellyfish.
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.
Example sentences
  • Panfish comprise the black crappie, bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed, rock bass, white crappie, and yellow perch.
  • Out back of the house, oak, hemlock and cedar trees crown a path toward a 30-acre lake stocked with largemouth bass, yellow perch, pumpkinseed sunfish, and more.
  • The example she gives is the bluegill sunfish of North America, where a dominant male will recruit a smaller, feminine male - so-called because he sports female colors - in what looks like a homosexual courtship.

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Syllabification: sun·fish

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