One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North American freshwater fish of the sunfish family, the male of which builds a nest and guards the eggs and young.
Genus Pomoxis, family Centrarchidae: several species, including the white crappie (P. annularis)
- ‘It is during schooling when the male crappie sweeps out the nests and attracts the female.’
- ‘Black bass and crappie are making determined pushes into the shallows of lakes and ponds across southeast Texas.’
- ‘The lake is well stocked with trout, large and small mouth bass, blue gill, crappie, and catfish.’
- ‘The typical crappie has a large mouth with thin jaw tissue and tends to be a soft, even tentative striker.’
- ‘The water is filled with different types of bass, crappie, catfish, and more; many of the species breed naturally and do not even need to be stocked.’
Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.
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