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perch

7 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

perch \perch\ (p[~e]rch), noun [Written also {pearch}.] [OE. perche, F. perche, L. perca, fr. Gr. pe'rkh; cf. perkno's dark-colored, Skr. p[.r][,c]ni spotted, speckled, and E. freckle.] (Zool.)

1. Any fresh-water fish of the genus {Perca} and of several other allied genera of the family {Percid[ae]}, as the common American or yellow perch ({Perca flavescens} syn. {Perca Americana}), and the European perch ({Perca fluviatilis}).

2. Any one of numerous species of spiny-finned fishes belonging to the {Percid[ae]}, {Serranid[ae]}, and related families, and resembling, more or less, the true perches.

{Black perch}. (a) The black bass. (b) The flasher. (c) The sea bass.

{Blue perch}, the cunner.

{Gray perch}, the fresh-water drum.

{Red perch}, the rosefish.

{Red-bellied perch}, the long-eared pondfish.

{Perch pest}, a small crustacean, parasitic in the mouth of the perch.

{Silver perch}, the yellowtail.

{Stone perch}, or {Striped perch}, the pope.

{White perch}, the {Roccus Americanus}, or {Morone Americanus}, a small silvery serranoid market fish of the Atlantic coast.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Perch \Perch\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Perched} (p[~e]rcht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Perching}.] [F. percher. See {Perch} a pole.] To alight or settle, as a bird; to sit or roost.

Wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Perch \Perch\, verb (used with an object)

1. To place or to set on, or as on, a perch.

2. To occupy as a perch. --Milton.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Perch \Perch\ (p[~e]rch), noun [F. perche, L. pertica.]

1. A pole; a long staff; a rod; esp., a pole or other support for fowls to roost on or to rest on; a roost; figuratively, any elevated resting place or seat.

As chauntecleer among his wives all Sat on his perche, that was in his hall. --Chaucer.

Not making his high place the lawless perch Of winged ambitions. --Tennyson.

2. (a) A measure of length containing five and a half yards; a rod, or pole. (b) In land or square measure: A square rod; the 160th part of an acre. (c) In solid measure: A mass 161/2 feet long, 1 foot in height, and 11/2 feet in breadth, or 243/4 cubic feet (in local use, from 22 to 25 cubic feet); -- used in measuring stonework.

3. A pole connecting the fore gear and hind gear of a spring carriage; a reach.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sprat \Sprat\ (spr[a^]t), noun [OE. sprot, sprotte, D. sprot; akin to G. sprotte.] (Zool.) (a) A small European herring ({Clupea sprattus}) closely allied to the common herring and the pilchard; -- called also {garvie}. The name is also applied to small herring of different kinds. (b) A California surf-fish ({Rhacochilus toxotes}); -- called also {alfione}, and {perch}.

{Sprat borer} (Zool.), the red-throated diver; -- so called from its fondness for sprats. See {Diver}.

{Sprat loon}. (Zool.) (a) The young of the great northern diver. [Prov. Eng.] (b) The red-throated diver. See {Diver}.

{Sprat mew} (Zool.), the kittiwake gull.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Rod \Rod\, noun [The same word as rood. See {Rood}.]

1. A straight and slender stick; a wand; hence, any slender bar, as of wood or metal (applied to various purposes). Specifically: (a) An instrument of punishment or correction; figuratively, chastisement.

He that spareth his rod hateth his son. --Prov. xiii. 24. (b) A kind of sceptor, or badge of office; hence, figuratively, power; authority; tyranny; oppression. "The rod, and bird of peace." --Shak. (c) A support for a fishing line; a fish pole. --Gay. (d) (Mach. & Structure) A member used in tension, as for sustaining a suspended weight, or in tension and compression, as for transmitting reciprocating motion, etc.; a connecting bar. (e) An instrument for measuring.

2. A measure of length containing sixteen and a half feet; -- called also {perch}, and {pole}.

{Black rod}. See in the Vocabulary.

{Rods and cones} (Anat.), the elongated cells or elements of the sensory layer of the retina, some of which are cylindrical, others somewhat conical.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

perch

noun

1: support consisting of a branch or rod that serves as a resting place (especially for a bird)

2: a linear measure of 16.5 feet [syn: {perch}, {rod}, {pole}]

3: a square rod of land [syn: {perch}, {rod}, {pole}]

4: an elevated place serving as a seat

5: any of numerous fishes of America and Europe

6: spiny-finned freshwater food and game fishes

7: any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of various families of the order Perciformes

verb

1: sit, as on a branch; "The birds perched high in the tree" [syn: {perch}, {roost}, {rest}]

2: to come to rest, settle; "Misfortune lighted upon him" [syn: {alight}, {light}, {perch}]

3: cause to perch or sit; "She perched her hat on her head"

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