pan fish

panfish

[pan-fish]
noun, plural panfishes (especially collectively) panfish.
any small, freshwater nongame food fish, as a perch or sunfish, usually eaten pan-fried.

Origin:
1795–1805, Americanism; pan1 + fish

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panfish

noun
any of numerous small food fishes; especially those caught with hook and line and not available on the market 
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