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perch

verb uk   /pɜːtʃ/  us   /pɝːtʃ/
perch in, on, etc. sth to sit on or near the edge of something: We perched on bar stools and had a beer. A blackbird was perching on the gate. [I or T] to be in a high position or in a position near the edge of something, or to put something in this position: The village is perched on top of a high hill.

perch

noun uk   /pɜːtʃ/  us   /pɝːtʃ/

perch noun (FISH)

[C or U] (plural perch or US also perches) a fish that lives in lakes and rivers and is eaten as food

perch noun (SEAT)

[C] a place where a bird sits, especially a thin rod in a cage (= wire box) [C] a seat or other place high up, often giving a good view of something below: We watched the parade from our perch on the scaffolding.
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