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)


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