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

1795–1805, Americanism; pan1 + fish Unabridged
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any of numerous small food fishes; especially those caught with hook and line and not available on the market 
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Example sentences
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.
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