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[krap-ee] /ˈkræp i/
noun, plural crappies (especially collectively) crappie.
either of two small sunfishes of central U.S. rivers, Pomoxis nigromaculatus (black crappie) or P. annularis (white crappie)
Also, croppie.
Origin of crappie
1855-60, Americanism; < Canadian French crapet Unabridged
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Examples from the web for crappie
  • 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


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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