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crappie

[krap-ee]
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noun, plural crap·pies, (especially collectively) crap·pie.
  1. either of two small sunfishes of central U.S. rivers, Pomoxis nigromaculatus (black crappie) or P. annularis (white crappie).
Also croppie.

Origin of crappie

1855–60, Americanism; < Canadian French crapet
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British Dictionary definitions for crappie

crappie

noun
  1. either of two North American freshwater percoid food and game fishes, Pomoxis nigromaculatus (black crappie) or P. annularis (white crappie): family Centrarchidae (sunfishes, etc)

Word Origin

C19: from Canadian French crapet
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Word Origin and History for crappie

n.

type of freshwater fish, 1856, American English, of unknown origin; perhaps from Canadian French dialectal crappé.

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