[pom-frit, puhm-]
noun, plural (especially collectively) pomfret (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) pomfrets.
any of several scombroid fishes of the family Bramidae, found in the North Atlantic and Pacific.
any of several East Indian stromateid fishes, especially Stromateoides argenteus, valued as food.

1720–30; earlier pamplee, pamflet, pomphlet; compare French pample, Portuguese pampo

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pomfret or pomfret-cake1 (ˈpʌmfrɪt, ˈpɒm-)
Also called: Pontefract cake a small black rounded confection of liquorice
[C19: from Pomfret, earlier form of Pontefract, where the cake was originally made]
pomfret-cake or pomfret-cake1
[C19: from Pomfret, earlier form of Pontefract, where the cake was originally made]

pomfret2 (ˈpɒmfrɪt)
1.  any of various fishes of the genus Stromateidae of the Indian and Pacific oceans: valued as food fishes
2.  any of various scombroid fishes, esp Brama raii, of northern oceans: valued as food fishes
[C18: perhaps from a diminutive form of Portuguese pampo]

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any of the approximately 35 species of marine fishes constituting the family Bramidae (order Perciformes), with representatives occurring in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. Most are relatively rare. Members of the family are characterized by a single dorsal fin, extending the length of the body in some species. Most species are deep-bodied and have deeply forked tails. Young pomfrets often differ markedly in body and fin form from adults of their species. The blunt-headed Pacific pomfret (Brama japonica) ranges abundantly throughout the north Pacific. The bigscale pomfret (Taractichthys longipinnis) of the Atlantic Ocean, the largest species in the family, reaches a length of 90 cm (35 inches)

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