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  • n. A white crappie (Pomoxis annularis).


From Choctaw sakli ("trout"), via Cajun French, which reinterpreted as sac ("sack") (à ("of")) lait ("milk"). (Wiktionary)


  • We fished for sac-a-lait and bass at Henderson Swamp and Bayou Benoit, and Clete tried to appear light-hearted and unaffected by his time in jail.

    Dave Robicheaux Ebook Boxed Set

  • He had dumped his cooler on a bait table at the end of the dock and was gutting a stringer of ice-flecked sac-a-lait and bream and bigmouth bass with a long, razor-edged knife that had no guard on the handle.

    Jolie Blon’s Bounce

  • I sat at a wooden table not far from the bandstand, with a paper plate of rice and red beans and fried sac-a-lait, and watched the dancers and listened to the music while Annie took Alafair down the street to find a rest room.

    Heaven’s Prisoners

  • Quaker bonnet a bluet; also lupine railroad Annie an orange milkweed sac-a-lait a white crappie (a fish of the sunfish family)

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XXIII No 4

  • Not to be outdone in creativity, the natural science entries offer pollynose, prickly pig, puppy toes, Quaker bonnet, railroad Annie, and sac-a-lait, among many, many others.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XXIII No 4

  • We’d fish the swamp for bass and sac-a-lait, then head home at sunset, the cypress trees riffling like green lace in the wind, the water back in the coves bloodred in the sun’s afterglow.

    Dave Robicheaux Ebook Boxed Set


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