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panfish

[pan-fish]
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noun, plural pan·fish·es, (especially collectively) pan·fish.
  1. any small, freshwater nongame food fish, as a perch or sunfish, usually eaten pan-fried.
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Origin of panfish

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805; pan1 + fish
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Word Origin and History for panfish

n.

1833, American English, from pan (n.1) + fish (n.).

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