tarpon

[tahr-puhn]
noun, plural tarpons (especially collectively) tarpon.
a large, powerful game fish, Megalops atlantica, inhabiting the warmer waters of the Atlantic Ocean, having a compressed body and large, silvery scales.

Origin:
1675–85; earlier tarpum, trapham, terbum, of uncertain origin; compare Dutch tarpoen; words in various Indian languages of Central America (Miskito tapam, Sumo tahpam, Rama tā́pum, Paya ta’pam) probably ultimately < English

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tarpon (ˈtɑːpən)
 
n , pl -pons, -pon
1.  a large silvery clupeoid game fish, Tarpon atlanticus, of warm Atlantic waters, having a compressed body covered with large scales: family Elopidae
2.  (Austral) another name for ox-eye herring
3.  any similar related fish
 
[C17: perhaps from Dutch tarpoen, of unknown origin]

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tarpon
large fish (Megalops atlanticus) of the herring family, 1685, probably from a Native American word. Also called jew-fish.
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It is unlawful to sell speckled trout, red drum, and tarpon caught in state waters.
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