Definition of black perch in US English:

black perch

noun

  • 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).

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in William Penn (1644–1718), Quaker leader and founder of Pennsylvania.