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perch1 / pərch/ • n. a thing on which a bird alights or roosts, typically a branch or a horizontal rod or bar in a birdcage. ∎  a place where someone or something rests or sits, esp. a place that is high or precarious: Marian looked down from her perch in a beech tree above the road. • v. [intr.] (of a bird) alight or rest on something: a herring gull perched on the mast. ∎  (of a person) sit somewhere, esp. on something high or narrow: Eve perched on the side of the armchair. ∎  (be perched) (of a building) be situated above or on the edge of something: the fortress is perched on a crag in the mountains. ∎  [tr.] (perch someone/something on) set or balance someone or something on (something): Peter perched a pair of gold-rimmed spectacles on his nose. PHRASES: knock someone off their perch inf. cause someone to lose a position of superiority or preeminence: will this knock London off its perch as Europe's leading financial center? perch2 • n. (pl. same or perches ) an edible freshwater fish (genus Perca) with a high spiny dorsal fin, dark vertical bars on the body, and orange lower fins. Its three species include the yellow perch (P. flavescens) of North America. The perch family also includes the pikeperches, ruffe, and darters. ∎  used in names of other freshwater and marine fishes resembling or related to this, e.g., climbing perch. perch3 • n. chiefly Brit., hist. a linear or square rod; see rod, sense 3.

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perch, common name for some members of the family Percidae, symmetrical freshwater fishes of N Europe, Asia, and North America. The perches belong to the large order Perciformes (spiny-finned fishes) and are related to the sunfishes and the sea basses. The best-known North American species is the yellow, or lake, perch (Perca flavescens), a popular game and food fish abundant in lakes and large streams, where it feeds on insects, crayfish, and small fish and grows to an average length of 1 ft (30 cm) and weight of 1 lb (.5 kg). The voracious walleye, or walleyed pike (Sander vitreus), another member of the family, is darker and larger (up to 10 lb/4.5 kg). Very similar to the walleye but slenderer and smaller is the sauger, or sand pike (S. canadensis). The native American darters (2–3 in/5–8 cm), found E of the Rockies, are widespread and of many species, most of them brilliantly colored. Of separate families are the pirate perch, a chubby little fish of sluggish streams and bayous (family Aphredoderidae), and the trout perch, a small fish abundant in the Great Lakes (family Percopsidae). See also surfperch. Perches are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Perciformes, family Percidae.

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perch One of two species of freshwater food fish. The European perch (Perca fluviatilis) is deep-bodied and greenish in colour with dark vertical banding. The North American yellow perch (P. flavescens) is gold-coloured with black side-bars. Weight: 1.0–2.7kg (2.2–6lb). Family Percidae.

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perch former name for a measure of length, especially for land, equal to a quarter of a chain or 51/2
yards (approximately 5.029 m). Recorded from Middle English, the word comes via Old French from Latin pertica ‘measuring rod, pole’.

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perch2 †pole, stake XIII; fixed bar, esp. for birds to rest upon; linear measure equal to 5 ½ yards XIV; superficial measure XV. — (O)F. perche :— L. pertica.
So vb. XV. — (O)F. percher.

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perch. Small bracket or corbel such as those found near an altar in a church to carry a reliquary, statue, etc. Also called pearc or pearch.

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perch1 freshwater fish. XIII. — (O)F. perche :— L. perca — Gr. pérkē, rel. to perknós blackish, bluish.

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perch Freshwater fish, Perca fluviatilis.

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perch See PERCIDAE.

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perchbesmirch, birch, church, lurch, perch, search, smirch •Christchurch • pikeperch •wordsearch

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