pinfish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pinfish similar to sea bream; small spiny-finned fish found in bays along the southeastern coast of the United States
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pinfish (Zoöl) The sailor's choice (Diplodus rhomboides syn. Lagodon rhomboides).☞ Both are excellent food fishes, common on the coast of the United States south of Cape Hatteras. The name is also applied to other allied species.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pinfish A sparoid fish, Lagodon rhomboides, related to the scup and sheeps-head, common along the southern coast of the United States. The body is elliptic-ovate and compressed, the head is pointed, the upper molars are in two rows, the incisors are broad and emarginated at the apex, and there is a precumbent spine in front of the dorsal fin. The color is olive, with silvery sides, six dark vertical bars, a large dark blotch over the pectoral fin, and faint blue and golden stripes on the sides. Also locally called chopa-spina, bream, robin, sailors' choice, and squirrel-fish. See cut under Lagodon.
    • n pinfish A sparoid fish, Diplodus holbrooki, like the Lagodon rhomboides, but with entire teeth.
    • n pinfish A small sunfish of the United States, as the copper-nosed bream, Lepomis pallidus.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So called from their sharp dorsal spines

Usage


In news:

For more than a month, baitfish including pilchards, herring and pinfish have been available for anglers willing to spend a little time throwing a cast net in the mornings.
00 we had the wells blacked out with pinfish.
The live pinfish hadn't been on the bottom for more than a minute or two before Andrea Pallavicini hooked into yet another fish.
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