- either of two small sunfishes of central U.S. rivers, Pomoxis nigromaculatus (black crappie) or P. annularis (white crappie).
Origin of crappie
1855–60, Americanism; < Canadian French crapet
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- either of two North American freshwater percoid food and game fishes, Pomoxis nigromaculatus (black crappie) or P. annularis (white crappie): family Centrarchidae (sunfishes, etc)
C19: from Canadian French crapet
Word Origin and History for crappie
type of freshwater fish, 1856, American English, of unknown origin; perhaps from Canadian French dialectal crappé.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper