a freshwater sunfish, Lepomis macrochirus, of the Mississippi River valley, used for food.

1880–85, Americanism; blue + gill1 Unabridged
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bluegill (ˈbluːˌɡɪl)
a common North American freshwater sunfish, Lepomis macrochirus: an important food and game fish

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Bluegill and crappie are fairly common throughout the area, and will fall for
  live night crawlers and small jigs.
Fisherman enjoy the abundance of yellow perch, bluegill and pan fish.
No license is required for guests who wish to fish catfish and bluegill from
  the property's lake.
Bluegill, in contrast, are common but typically below average in size.
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