Gray perch
Perch Perch (p[~e]rch), n. [Written also {pearch}.] [OE. perche, F. perche, L. perca, fr. Gr. pe`rkh; cf. perkno`s dark-colored, Skr. p[.r][,c]ni spotted, speckled, and E. freckle.] (Zo["o]l.) 1. Any fresh-water fish of the genus Perca and of several other allied genera of the family {Percid[ae]}, as the common American or yellow perch ({Perca flavescens} syn. {Perca Americana}), and the European perch ({Perca fluviatilis}). [1913 Webster]

2. Any one of numerous species of spiny-finned fishes belonging to the {Percid[ae]}, {Serranid[ae]}, and related families, and resembling, more or less, the true perches. [1913 Webster]

{Black perch}. (a) The black bass. (b) The flasher. (c) The sea bass.

{Blue perch}, the cunner.

{Gray perch}, the fresh-water drum.

{Red perch}, the rosefish.

{Red-bellied perch}, the long-eared pondfish.

{Perch pest}, a small crustacean, parasitic in the mouth of the perch.

{Silver perch}, the yellowtail.

{Stone perch}, or {Striped perch}, the pope.

{White perch}, the {Roccus Americanus}, or {Morone Americanus}, a small silvery serranoid market fish of the Atlantic coast. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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