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crappie

[krap-ee] /ˈkræp i/
noun, plural crappies (especially collectively) crappie.
1.
either of two small sunfishes of central U.S. rivers, Pomoxis nigromaculatus (black crappie) or P. annularis (white crappie)
Also, croppie.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism; < Canadian French crapet
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  • Fishermen come to the lake in droves to catch big crappie with jigs or minnows.
  • Bluegill and crappie are fairly common throughout the area, and will fall for live night crawlers and small jigs.
  • Fishermen enjoy fishing for pike, yellow perch and crappie throughout the year.
  • Rent a rowboat and go out fishing for crappie and bluegill in the pond.
  • The fishing is excellent, especially for catfish, bream and crappie.
  • The lake also harbors substantial populations of perch, sunfish, crappie and catfish.
  • Anglers enjoy muskie, walleye and crappie fishing in the lake.
  • crappie fishing is popular in spring when aggressive males strike at almost anything that comes near their nests.
  • crappie anglers typically use minnows or small jigs.
  • crappie often congregate around shallow woody debris during springtime and can be caught using live minnows.
British Dictionary definitions for crappie

crappie

/ˈkræpɪ/
noun
1.
either of two North American freshwater percoid food and game fishes, Pomoxis nigromaculatus (black crappie) or P. annularis (white crappie): family Centrarchidae (sunfishes, etc)
Word Origin
C19: from Canadian French crapet
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Word Origin and History for crappie
n.

type of freshwater fish, 1856, American English, of unknown origin; perhaps from Canadian French dialectal crappé.

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