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sunfish

[suhn-fish] /ˈsʌnˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) sunfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) sunfishes.
1.
the ocean sunfish, Mola mola.
2.
any of various other fishes of the family Molidae.
3.
any of several small, brightly colored, spiny-rayed freshwater fishes of the genus Lepomis, of North America, having a deep, compressed body.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; sun + fish
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British Dictionary definitions for sun fish

sunfish

/ˈsʌnˌfɪʃ/
noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
1.
any large plectognath fish of the family Molidae, of temperate and tropical seas, esp Mola mola, which has a large rounded compressed body, long pointed dorsal and anal fins, and a fringelike tail fin
2.
any of various small predatory North American freshwater percoid fishes of the family Centrarchidae, typically having a compressed brightly coloured body
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Word Origin and History for sun fish

sunfish

n.

1620s, from sun (n.) + fish (n.). Used of various species, with reference to round shape or brilliant appearance. Short form sunny is attested from 1835.

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