Creative Prompt #171: Perch

Where a bird sits

She perched on the edge of the chair

resting place or vantage point

rooftop lounge in downtown Los Angeles

variety of restaurants, design companies and cafes

perch awhile

Definition: Perch is a common name for fish of the genus Perca, freshwater gamefish belonging to the family Percidae. The perch, of which there are three species in different geographical areas, lend their name to a large order of vertebrates: the Perciformes, from the Greek perke meaning spotted, and the Latin forma meaning shape. Many species of freshwater gamefish more or less resemble perch, but belong to a different genera. In fact, the exclusively salt water dwelling red drum is often referred to as a red perch, even though by definition perch are freshwater fish. Though many fish are referred to as perch as a common name, to be considered a true perch the fish must be of the family Percidae.

  • Perch (surname), a surname (and list of people with that name)
  • The USS Perch, multiple ships with the name
  • Perch (unit), antique unit of measure of length, area or volume, depending on context, used in medieval France and the British Isles. As a unit of length, replaced by the rod
  • Perch, the main shaft connecting the front and rear axles of a coach or other vehicle
  • Perch SSSI a Site of Special Scientific Interest in Somerset, England
  • Perch (equilibristic), an equilibristic balancing act
  • The Perch (Binsey), a historic pub in Binsey, Oxfordshire, England
  • The Perch, a historic house in Austin, Texas, USA, part of Granger House and The Perch
  • Perch class submarine, World War II era submarines of United States


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