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tarpon

[tahr-puh n] /ˈtɑr pən/
noun, plural tarpons (especially collectively) tarpon.
1.
a large, powerful game fish, Megalops atlantica, inhabiting the warmer waters of the Atlantic Ocean, having a compressed body and large, silvery scales.
Origin
1675-1685
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/
noun (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
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from Dutch tarpoen, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for tar-pons

tarpon

n.

large fish (Megalops atlanticus) of the herring family, 1680s, probably from a Native American word. Also called jew-fish.

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