noun, plural (especially collectively) sunfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) sunfishes.
the ocean sunfish, Mola mola.
any of various other fishes of the family Molidae.
any of several small, brightly colored, spiny-rayed freshwater fishes of the genus Lepomis, of North America, having a deep, compressed body.

1620–30; sun + fish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To sunfish
World English Dictionary
sunfish (ˈsʌnˌfɪʃ)
n , pl -fish, -fishes
1.  any large plectognath fish of the family Molidae, of temperate and tropical seas, esp Mola mola, which has a large rounded compressed body, long pointed dorsal and anal fins, and a fringelike tail fin
2.  any of various small predatory North American freshwater percoid fishes of the family Centrarchidae, typically having a compressed brightly coloured body

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1629, from sun (n.) + fish. Used of various species, with ref. to round shape or brilliant appearance. Short form sunny is attested from 1835.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
In some cases, the sunfish seems to be courting the birds, following them
  around and swimming sideways next to them.
Sunfish specialize in eating either snails or invertebrates for a mechanical
Sunfish sailboats and bicycles are available gratis to guests.
Find out why sunfish are often confused with sharks-and the ways in which the
  two are so drastically different.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature