porgy

porgy

[pawr-gee]
noun, plural (especially collectively) porgy (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) porgies.
1.
a sparid food fish, Pagrus pagrus, found in the Mediterranean and off the Atlantic coasts of Europe and America.
2.
any of several other sparid fishes, as the scup.

Origin:
1715–25; porg(o), variant of pargo (< Spanish or Portuguese < Latin pag(a)rus kind of fish < Greek págros, variant of phágros) + -y2

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porgy (ˈpɔːɡɪ)
 
n , pl -gy, -gies
1.  scup See also sheepshead Also called: pogy any of various sparid fishes, many of which occur in American Atlantic waters
2.  any of various similar or related fishes
 
[C18: from Spanish pargo, from Latin phager type of fish, from Greek phagros sea bream]

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porgy
name given to various sea fishes, 1725, probably from pargo (1557) "sea bream," from Sp. or Port. pargo, from L. phagrum, acc. of phager, from Gk. phagros "sea bream."
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