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.

1855–60, Americanism; < Canadian French crapet Unabridged
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crappie (ˈkræpɪ)
either of two North American freshwater percoid food and game fishes, Pomoxis nigromaculatus (black crappie) or P. annularis (white crappie): family Centrarchidae (sunfishes, etc)
[C19: from Canadian French crapet]

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Example sentences
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.
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