• Dissection of the sunfish
    Dissection of the sunfish
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sunfish small carnivorous freshwater percoid fishes of North America usually having a laterally compressed body and metallic luster: crappies; black bass; bluegills; pumpkinseed
    • n sunfish among the largest bony fish; pelagic fish having an oval compressed body with high dorsal and anal fins and caudal fin reduced to a rudder-like lobe; worldwide in warm waters
    • n sunfish the lean flesh of any of numerous American perch-like fishes of the family Centrarchidae
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The ocean sunfish can produce thirty million eggs at once
    • n Sunfish (Zoöl) A very large oceanic plectognath fish (Mola mola Mola rotunda, or Orthagoriscus mola) having a broad body and a truncated tail.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The mola mola or ocean sunfish lays up to 5,000,000 eggs at one time.
    • n sunfish A common name of various fishes. Any fish of the genus Mola, Orthagoriscus, or Cephalus, notable when adult for their singularly rounded figure and great size. See Molidæ, and cut under Mola.
    • n sunfish A jellyfish, especially one of the larger kinds, a foot or so in diameter. See cut under Cyanea.
    • sunfish To act like a sunfish, specifically as in the quotation.
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In literature:

Low, wide-mouthed vases or bowls, modeled about the rim to represent sunfish.
"Illustrated Catalogue of a Portion of the Collections Made" by William H. Holmes
He caught perch, bass, suckers, trout, sunfish, catfish, and other kinds, the names of which he did not know.
"The Young Trailers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Shame upon you, sunfish; I am come for your betters.
"Fort Amity" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
I feel like the boy who went fishing for sunfish and caught a whale.
"Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls" by Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum)
As a pitcher, a weaver, a sunfisher, this roan had no equal.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
These ponds were full of sunfish, and other fish, some of which we caught.
"Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680" by Jasper Danckaerts
They knew how, for their father had taught them, and soon Jan had landed a good-sized sunfish.
"The Curlytops on Star Island" by Howard R. Garis
But the life of a fish is not all tragedy, and the two remaining sunfish may live in peace.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
I used to love to watch the sunfish leap, they are so round and glistening and awkward.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
You are the sunfish, Ugudwash, and you come when I call for Nahma, King of Fishes!
"The Story of Hiawatha" by Winston Stokes

In poetry:

I watched it long and long
Till a flying sunfish
Swam through its branches.
He had opal wings
And a sapphire tail.
"The Apple-Jelly-Fish-Tree" by Hilda Conkling
He laughs by the summer stream
Where the lilies nod and dream,
As through the sheen of water cool and clear
He sees the chub and sunfish cutting sheer.
"The Kingfisher" by Maurice Thompson
Surface calm and calm act mask the detonating fear,
the moving crayfish claw, the stare
of sunfish hovering above the cloud-stained sand,
a sucker nudging cans, the grinning maskinonge.
"Underwater Autumn" by Richard F Hugo

In news:

Baggerly caught his record cat on a trotline baited with sunfish.
4 year old Megan was very proud of herself by catching and reeling in this sunfish.
It turns out the fins seen in the waters off Wells belonged to the massive, but harmless, ocean sunfish .
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana.
Molly Park is back in the mayor's seat in Sunfish Lake.
Around 400 participants took part in the 26th annual Sunfish Triathlon Saturday at Bonita Lakes Park.
Unraveling the Mysteries of the Ocean Sunfish.
Fort Lauderdale's Sunfish Grill salutes the summer staycation with four new, limited edition menus.
Sunfish Grill 2775 East Oakland Park Blvd, Ft Lauderdale 954-561-2004.
Asian Pear Salad from Sunfish Grill.
William Bruening The Restaurant: Sunfish Grill The Dish: Asian Pear Salad.
Sunfish caught by Paige French on Norwood Pond.
Gianna Willis, 3, caught this sunfish in the Oswegatchie river all by herself.
While visiting someone, we noticed in their family room a huge sunfish in their fish tank.
The Pet Sunfish Click to enlarge.