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[pan-fish] /ˈpænˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural panfishes (especially collectively) panfish.
any small, freshwater nongame food fish, as a perch or sunfish, usually eaten pan-fried.
Origin of panfish
1795-1805, Americanism; pan1 + fish Unabridged
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  • The river also contains walleye, pike, panfish and a wide range of other species as well.
  • When cercariae are mature, they leave the snails and swim in the water until they find a fish such as a bluegill or other panfish.
  • Bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish support a quality panfish fishery.
Word Origin and History for panfish

1833, American English, from pan (n.1) + fish (n.).

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