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Ruff \Ruff\, Ruffe \Ruffe\, n. [OE. ruffe.] (Zo["o]l.) A small freshwater European perch ( Acerina vulgaris); -- called also pope, blacktail, and stone perch, or striped perch.


n. 1 (taxlink Gymnocephalus cernuus species noshow=1), a small Eurasian freshwater fish. 2 other species in the same genus.


The Eurasian ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernua), also known as ruffe or pope, is a freshwater fish found in temperate regions of Europe and northern Asia. It has been introduced into the Great Lakes of North America, reportedly with unfortunate results, as it is invasive and is reproducing faster than other species. Its common names are ambiguous – "ruffe" may refer to any local member of its genus Gymnocephalus, which as a whole is native to Eurasia.

Ruffe (disambiguation)

The ruffe or Eurasian ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernuus) is a widespread freshwater fish in Eurasia and introduced to North America.

Ruffe may also refer to:

  • Any fish of the genus Gymnocephalus
  • New Zealand ruffe, Schedophilus huttoni
  • Tasmanian ruffe, ''Tubbia tasmanica

Usage examples of "ruffe".

And it made me want to meet Cybil Wade even more than any of the others—to find out what sort of woman she was and also to find out why she had never taken Max Ruffe into book-length novels, why she had let him die along with Dancer's Rex Hannigan and so many others.

Kerry had said she was a tough lady, as tough as Max Ruffe, and I believed it.

Then I sat down on the couch, communed a little with Max Ruffe, and waited for his maker to come by and tell me a tale that was fact, not fiction.