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pomfret

[pom-frit, puhm-] /ˈpɒm frɪt, ˈpʌm-/
noun, plural (especially collectively) pomfret (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) pomfrets.
1.
any of several scombroid fishes of the family Bramidae, found in the North Atlantic and Pacific.
2.
any of several East Indian stromateid fishes, especially Stromateoides argenteus, valued as food.
Origin of pomfret
1720-1730
1720-30; earlier pamplee, pamflet, pomphlet; compare French pample, Portuguese pampo
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pomfret1

/ˈpʌmfrɪt; ˈpɒm-/
noun
1.
a small black rounded confection of liquorice Also called Pontefract cake
Word Origin
C19: from Pomfret, earlier form of Pontefract, where the cake was originally made

pomfret2

/ˈpɒmfrɪt/
noun
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
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from a diminutive form of Portuguese pampo
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