Definition of sunfish in English:



  • 1A large deep-bodied marine fish of warm seas, with tall dorsal and anal fins near the rear of the body and a very short tail.

    Also called mola
    • ‘Sea lions, some sharks, and humans are the main enemies of the ocean sunfish.’
    • ‘The ocean sunfish are giants of the fish community.’
    • ‘And the massive, tailless ocean sunfish, another relative, is essentially a huge disk - consisting of head and torso - pushed along by a couple of fins.’
    • ‘A 500 kilogram ocean sunfish whose fins had been bitten off by a shark caused a stir in the harbour yesterday when it was seen floating in the channel by people on a dredger at work.’
    • ‘In Alaska's Bering Sea, capelin, herring and other coldwater fish have been in decline, while warmer water creatures like albacore and ocean sunfish have made their appearance.’
    • ‘Found in all tropical and temperate oceans, the Mola mola, or giant ocean sunfish, eats mainly jellyfish.’
    • ‘And there are species you'd be lucky to see elsewhere in the northern Red Sea: honeycomb whiprays, bow-nosed guitar-sharks, ocean sunfish, thread-fin trevallies and so on.’
    • ‘An ocean sunfish, which can weigh up to 1.5 tons, has left the Atlantic for England's west coast, while grey triggerfish are moving from the Bay of Biscay to UK waters.’
    • ‘The 1.2m gallon aquarium counts among its specimens a 440-pound, six-foot sunfish, one of the largest boned fish in the world.’
    • ‘They may be explained, rationally, as giant turtles, giant squid, or the large sunfish or oarfish that bask on the surface of the water.’
    • ‘We've also seen more sunfish than we usually get,’ he added.’
    • ‘They're Mola mola, or giant ocean sunfish, gentle creatures named for their habit of lying at the ocean surface, appearing to sunbathe.’
    • ‘Covered in sandpapery skin smeared with copious amounts of mucus, the Mola mola, or giant ocean sunfish, grows up to 10 feet long and can weigh over 5,000 pounds.’
    • ‘I like all kinds of sashimi but I did have one ridiculous meal after a gig in Japan when they gave us a sunfish head, butterflied, with two eyes staring up at us.’
  • 2A nest-building freshwater fish that is native to North America and popular in aquariums, e.g., the pumpkinseed.

    • ‘Other fish: golden orfes, sunfish, minnows, and mosquito fish, to name a few.’
    • ‘The example she gives is the bluegill sunfish of North America, where a dominant male will recruit a smaller, feminine male - so-called because he sports female colors - in what looks like a homosexual courtship.’
    • ‘Most of the fish collected were small (such as sunfish and minnows), but taxa collected also included redhorse, bass, and bullhead.’
    • ‘In some lakes, adult longnose gar may consume large numbers of sunfishes.’
    • ‘My friend told me that my spotted sunfish looks stressed because it seems to be gilling more rapidly than usual.’
    • ‘Out back of the house, oak, hemlock and cedar trees crown a path toward a 30-acre lake stocked with largemouth bass, yellow perch, pumpkinseed sunfish, and more.’
    • ‘Human beings are simply more aware of it than is the average prairie dog or pumpkinseed sunfish.’
    • ‘Among sunfishes, gobies, and darters, 8 of 122 nests surveyed were probable takeovers.’
    • ‘Panfish comprise the black crappie, bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed, rock bass, white crappie, and yellow perch.’
    • ‘Years of experience by hundreds of Ohio pond owners suggest that a pond stocked with bass, bluegills and/or redear sunfish, and channel catfish provides the best fishing and the fewest problems.’