from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An extensive tribe or suborder of fishes, including the true perches (Percidæ); the pondfishes (Centrarchidæ); the sciænoids (Sciænidæ); the sparoids (Sparidæ); the serranoids (Serranidæ), and some other related families.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In Günther's classification, a division of Acanthopterygii, having the body compressed, dorsal fin elongated and with the spinous larger than the soft portion, anal rather short, and ventrals generally with a spine and five rays.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one of the largest natural groups of fishes of both marine and fresh water: true perches; basses; tuna


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