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panfish Tweet Definition of panfish Like Definition of panfish on Facebook
noun (panfish)
  1. fish that are suitable for cooking in a frying pan by virtue both of size and taste; are caught primarily for eating, rather than for sport
pectoral Tweet Definition of pectoral Like Definition of pectoral on Facebook
noun
  1. (Armor) Protective armor for a horse's breast.
Quotations
  • 1786: The Poitrinal, Pectoral, or Breast Plate was formed of plates of metal rivetted together, which covered the breast and shoulders of the horse, it was commonly adorned with foliage, or other ornaments engraved or embossed. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 30.
    1. (Armor) A covering or protecting for the breast.
    2. (ecclesiastical) A breastplate, esp. that worn by the Jewish high person.
    3. (ecclesiastical) A clasp or a cross worn on the breast.
    4. A medicine for diseases of the chest organs, especially the lungs.
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to the breast, or chest; as, the pectoral muscles.
  2. Relating to, or good for, diseases of the chest or lungs; as, a pectoral remedy.
  3. (zoology) Having the breast conspicuously colored; as, the pectoral sandpiper.
pectoral fin Tweet Definition of pectoral fin Like Definition of pectoral fin on Facebook
noun
  1. Either of two fins located on each side of a fish just behind the head.
pelvic fin Tweet Definition of pelvic fin Like Definition of pelvic fin on Facebook
noun
  1. Either of a pair of fins on either side and towards the rear of a fish.
pike Tweet Definition of pike Like Definition of pike on Facebook
noun (pluralpikes for the weapon and for the fish)
  1. A weapon similar to a spear with a hooked barb near the tip.
  2. Any carnivorous freshwater fish of the genus Esox.
  3. A turnpike.
verb
  1. (context, AU, slang) to quit or back out of a promise.
pilchard Tweet Definition of pilchard Like Definition of pilchard on Facebook
noun (pluralpilchards)
  1. Any of various small oily fish related to herrings, family Clupeidae.
piranha Tweet Definition of piranha Like Definition of piranha on Facebook
noun (plural:piranhas)
  1. A kind of dangerous fish; may be used in a figurative sense.
  2. A carnivorous freshwater fish living in South American rivers and belonging to the families of Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus.
piscine Tweet Definition of piscine Like Definition of piscine on Facebook
adjective
  1. relating to fish; ichthyic.
plaice Tweet Definition of plaice Like Definition of plaice on Facebook
noun (pluralorplaices)
  1. The large marine flatfish, Pleuronectes platessa, commonly found in the North Sea and Irish Sea, with smooth brown skin and red or orange spots.
  2. The flatfish, Hippoglossoides platessoides, of the North American Atlantic.
poacher Tweet Definition of poacher Like Definition of poacher on Facebook
noun
  1. A person who trespasses in order to take game illegally
  2. A vessel with shallow cuplike compartments in which eggs are cooked over boiling water
pomfret Tweet Definition of pomfret Like Definition of pomfret on Facebook
noun
  1. a type of fish of family Bramidae.
pompano Tweet Definition of pompano Like Definition of pompano on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various fish, of the genera Trachinotus, Parona, or Zalocys, from coastal parts of the North Atlantic
pompon Tweet Definition of pompon Like Definition of pompon on Facebook
noun
  1. A bundle of yarn, string, ribbon, etc. tied in the middle and left loose at the ends, so as to form a puff or ball, as for decoration or a showy prop for cheerleading.
porbeagle Tweet Definition of porbeagle Like Definition of porbeagle on Facebook
noun (pluralporbeagles)
  1. A large pelagic predatory shark, Lamna nasus, of the Atlantic.
pout Tweet Definition of pout Like Definition of pout on Facebook
noun
  1. The young of some birds, as grouse; a young fowl.
  2. (The shape of) one's mouth when pouting
verb
  1. To shoot pouts
  2. To push out one's lips
  3. To sulk, (to pretend) being ill-tempered
puffer Tweet Definition of puffer Like Definition of puffer on Facebook
noun
  1. someone or something that puffs
  2. any of several poisonous fish, of the family Tetraodontidae, which have the ability to puff themselves up when in danger.

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