perch

1
[ purch ]
/ pɜrtʃ /

noun

verb (used without object)

to alight or rest upon a perch.
to settle or rest in some elevated position, as if on a perch.

verb (used with object)

to set or place on or as if on a perch.
to inspect (cloth) for defects and blemishes after it has been taken from the loom and placed upon a perch.

Origin of perch

1
1250–1300; Middle English perche < Old French < Latin pertica pole, staff, measuring rod

Related forms

perch·a·ble, adjectiveun·perched, adjective

Definition for perch (2 of 2)

perch

2
[ purch ]
/ pɜrtʃ /

noun, plural (especially collectively) perch, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) perch·es.

any spiny-finned, freshwater food fish of the genus Perca, as P. flavescens (yellow perch), of the U.S., or P. fluviatilis, of Europe.
any of various other related, spiny-finned fishes.
any of several embioticid fishes, as Hysterocarpus traski (tule perch) of California.

Origin of perch

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1350–1400; Middle English perche < Middle French < Latin perca < Greek pérkē
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British Dictionary definitions for perch (1 of 2)

perch

1
/ (pɜːtʃ) /

noun

verb

(usually foll by on) to alight, rest, or cause to rest on or as if on a perchthe bird perched on the branch; the cap was perched on his head
(tr) to inspect (cloth) on a perch

Derived Forms

percher, noun

Word Origin for perch

C13 perche stake, from Old French, from Latin pertica long staff

British Dictionary definitions for perch (2 of 2)

perch

2
/ (pɜːtʃ) /

noun plural perch or perches

any freshwater spiny-finned teleost fish of the family Percidae, esp those of the genus Perca, such as P. fluviatilis of Europe and P. flavescens (yellow perch) of North America: valued as food and game fishes
any of various similar or related fishes

Related forms

Related adjective: percoid

Word Origin for perch

C13: from Old French perche, from Latin perca, from Greek perkē; compare Greek perkos spotted
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