/ˈsʌnfɪʃ / (say 'sunfish)

noun (plural sunfish or sunfishes)
1. a huge fish, the ocean sunfish, Mola mola, found in Australian waters and elsewhere, having a deep body abbreviated behind, seeming to consist of little more than the head.
2. any fish of the same family, Molidae.
3. any of the small freshwater fishes of the family Centrarchidae, of North America, closely related to the perch.
{sun + fish1}
Usage: For variation in the plural inflection, see note at fish1.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

(Selachus maximus)

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