One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fish of a large group that includes the perches, basses, jacks, snappers, grunts, sea breams, and drums.
Relating to or denoting the percoids.
- ‘White perch (Morone americana Gmelin) is a percoid fish found in many estuarine and freshwater systems along the east coast of North America, from the state of South Carolina to the Canadian province of New Brunswick.’
- ‘These and other phylogenetic hypotheses will be tested in future studies with an expanded coverage of percoid families.’
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Percoïdes (plural), from Latin perca ‘perch’.
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