One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In full "redear sunfish". A freshwater sunfish, Lepomis microlophus (family Centrarchidae), of the southern United States, the male of which has a red or orange spot on the operculum.
2In full "redear turtle". = red-eared turtle.
1930s; earliest use found in Vidette-Messenger (Valparaiso, Indiana). From red + ear.
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