from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See black crappie.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. an edible, fresh-water fish (Pomoxys sparaides) of the rivers and lake of the Western United States (esp. of the Misissippi valley.), allied to the sunfishes, and so called from its variegated colors; -- called also calicoback, grass bass, strawberry bass, barfish, and bitterhead.
From the colored spots on its body.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)