- perchperch1 [pʉrch]n.pl. perch or perches [ME perche < OFr < L perca < Gr perkē < IE base * perk̑-, speckled, colorful > Ger farbe, color, OE forn, trout]1. any of a family (Percidae) of small, spiny-finned, freshwater, percoid food fishes of Europe and America; esp., a yellowish species (Perca flavescens) of North America2. any of various other spiny-finned bony fishes, as the white perch and the surfperchesperch2 [pʉrch]n.[ME perche < OFr < L pertica, a pole, staff]1. a horizontal rod, pole, etc. provided as a roost for birds2. anything, as a branch or wire, upon which a bird rests3. any resting place, position, or vantage point, esp. a high or insecure one4.a) a unit of linear measure equal to 51/ 2 yards (5.029 meters); rodb) a unit of land measure equal to 301/ 4 square yards (25.3 square meters)c) a cubic measure for stone, usually equal to 243/ 4 cubic feet (.70 cubic meters)5. a pole connecting the front and rear axletrees of a wagon, carriage, etc.vi.[Fr percher < OFr < the n.]to alight or rest on or as on a perchvt.to place or set on or as on a perch
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.