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  1. a freshwater sunfish, Lepomis macrochirus, of the Mississippi River valley, used for food.
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Origin of bluegill

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; blue + gill1
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Examples from the Web for bluegill

Historical Examples of bluegill

  • The bluegill was, in all cases, a minor constituent in the fish fauna.

    Fishes of Chautauqua, Cowley and Elk Counties, Kansas

    Artie L. Metcalf

  • The bluegill is widely-stocked in impoundments of the area treated here.

British Dictionary definitions for bluegill


  1. a common North American freshwater sunfish, Lepomis macrochirus : an important food and game fish
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