- a linear or square rod.
- a measure of volume for stone, about 24 cubic feet (0.7 cubic meters).
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of perch1
noun, plural (especially collectively) perch, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) perch·es.
Origin of perch2
Examples from the Web for perches
Historical Examples of perches
About fifty perches, your honor, in the same boreen, but higher up.The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
The fellow who is "it," or "keeper," perches his duck on the rock.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
She goes and perches on the table near Mary, who is staring sadly in front of her.The Straw
It has only just occurred to me that they ought to have had perches to roost on.Love Among the Chickens
P. G. Wodehouse
He perches there each evening on the extreme end of the longest bough.They and I
Jerome K. Jerome
Word Origin for perch
noun plural perch or perches
Word Origin for perch
"where a bird rests," late 13c., originally only "a pole, rod, stick, stake," from Old French perche "unit of linear measurement" (5.5 yards), also "measuring rod, pole, bar" used to measure this length (13c.), from Latin pertica "pole, long staff, measuring rod," related to Oscan perek "pole," Umbrian perkaf "twigs, rods." Meaning "a bar fixed horizontally for a hawk or tame bird to rest on" is attested from late 14c.; this led to general sense of "any thing that any bird alights or rests on" (late 15c.). Figurative sense of "an elevated or secure position" is recorded from 1520s. The "land-measuring rod" sense also was in Middle English (c.1200), hence surviving meaning "measure of land equal to a square lineal perch" (usually 160 to the acre), mid-15c.
"spiny-finned freshwater fish," c.1300, from Old French perche, from Latin perca "perch," from Greek perke "a perch," from PIE root *perk- "speckled, spotted" (cf. Sanskrit prsnih "speckled, variegated;" Greek perknos "dark-colored," perkazein "to become dark"), typically in names of animals.
"to roost," late 14c., from Old French perchier "to sit on a perch" (of a bird), from perche (n.) (see perch (n.1)). Related: Perched; perching.