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[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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  • In some cases, the sunfish seems to be courting the birds, following them around and swimming sideways next to them.
  • sunfish specialize in eating either snails or invertebrates for a mechanical reason.
  • sunfish sailboats and bicycles are available gratis to guests.
  • Find out why sunfish are often confused with sharks-and the ways in which the two are so drastically different.
  • The backwaters freeze first and provide some great sunfish and perch action.
  • It offers the added plus of reliable locations for encounters with the elusive mola mola or ocean sunfish.
  • Expect to catch yellow perch, chub suckers or blue spotted sunfish.
  • The lake also harbors substantial populations of perch, sunfish, crappie and catfish.
  • Other species available in the lake include channel catfish, crappie, rainbow trout and sunfish.
  • Bream, catfish and sunfish are other commonly encountered fish.
British Dictionary definitions for sunfish

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 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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