American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several North American freshwater game fishes of the genus Micropterus, such as the largemouth and smallmouth bass.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A centrarchoid American fish of the genus Micropterus. The body is oblong; the dorsal fin is low, especially the spinous portion of it, which is separated from the soft part by an emargination; the anal fin is shorter than the soft part of the dorsal, with three small spines; and the caudal fin is emarginate. The color is dark, and the cheeks and opercules are crossed by three dark oblique stripes. Two species are known, the large-mouthed black-bass, Micropterus salmoides, extending from Canada and the great lakes southwest into Texas and southeast into Florida, and the small-mouthed black-bass, Micropterus dolomieu, ranging from the great lakes southward to South Carolina and Arkansas. Both are highly esteemed for their game qualities, but the small-mouthed is regarded by most anglers as superior. The sexes during the breeding season consort in pairs, clear a subcircular spot near the shore for a nest, and guard the eggs till hatched. Both species, but especially the small-mouthed, have received the attention of pisciculturists and been introduced into foreign countries. In some parts of the State of New York the small-mouthed is specifically called the black-bass and the large-mouthed the Oswego or green bass. Other names given to one or both species are trout, in the south, and, locally, chub, jumper, mast-bass, and Welshman.
- n. A local name, along portions of the Pacific coast of the United States, of a scorpænoid fish, Sebastichthys melanops, or black rock-fish.
- n. A variety of sunfish belonging to Micropterus dolomieu.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Zoöl.) An edible, fresh-water fish of the United States, of the genus Micropterus. The small-mouthed kind is Micropterus dolomieī; the large-mouthed is Micropterus salmoides.
- The sea bass. See Blackfish, 3.
- n. bluish black-striped sea bass of the Atlantic coast of the United States
- n. widely distributed and highly prized American freshwater game fishes (sunfish family)
“Here were old friends aboard, who fried my black bass in olive oil.”
“Being out-of-door people, fond of water, the home was built around a patio, in the center of which is a water pool or tank of solid concrete forty by fifteen feet and six feet deep, fed by water from a cold mountain spring, and in which black bass will be kept, and where one may occasionally take a plunge ... if he is brave and hardy enough.”
“He added charcoal and a fisherman's brazier, a coffee pot and frying pan, and the coffee and the meat, and a black bass fresh from the water that day.”
“Once, on the Manitoulin Island, I dropped a big black bass off my hook, and our Indian boatman consoled me and at the same time paid me a compliment by saying:”
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