One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A surfperch, Embiotoca jacksoni, of the east Pacific.
2US any of the freshwater sunfishes of the genus Micropterus (family Centrarchidae).
3Australian and NZ the luderick, Girella tricuspidata (family Kyphosidae).
Late 17th century; earliest use found in William Penn (1644–1718), Quaker leader and founder of Pennsylvania.
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