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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bass \Bass\ (b[.a]s), n.; pl. Bass, and sometimes Basses (b[.a]s"[e^]z). [A corruption of barse.] (Zool.) 1. An edible, spiny-finned fish, esp. of the genera Roccus, Labrax, and related genera. There are many species. [1913 Webster] Note: The common European bass is Labrax lupus. American species are: the striped bass (Roccus lineatus); white or silver bass of the lakes (Roccus chrysops); brass or yellow bass (Roccus interruptus). [1913 Webster] 2. The two American fresh-water species of black bass (genus Micropterus). See Black bass. [1913 Webster] 3. Species of Serranus, the sea bass and rock bass. See Sea bass. [1913 Webster] 4. The southern, red, or channel bass (Sci[ae]na ocellata). See Redfish. [1913 Webster] Note: The name is also applied to many other fishes. See Calico bass, under Calico. [1913 Webster]