- a European freshwater teleost fish, Acerina cernua, having a single spiny dorsal fin: family Percidae (perches)Also called: pope
C15: perhaps an alteration of rough (referring to its scales)
Examples from the Web for ruffe
The female is called a Reeve without any ruffe about the neck, lesser then the other & hardly to bee got.Notes and Letters on the Natural History of Norfolk
Why then he is ruffe low, a ruffian, a bold adventurous errand to do any rough service for his Lady.Beaumont and Fletcher's Works (9 of 10)
The ruffe or pope (Acerina vulgaris) is a little fish common in the Thames and many other slow-flowing English rivers.
The female is called a Reeve without any ruffe about the neck, lesser then the other and hardly to bee got.The Works of Sir Thomas Browne