noun \ˈpäm-pə-ˌnō, ˈpəm-\
plural pom·pa·no or pom·pa·nos

Definition of POMPANO

:  a carangid food fish (Trachinotus carolinus) of the western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico; broadly :  any of several related fishes
:  a small bluish or greenish butterfish (Peprilus simillimus) of the Pacific coast of North America

Origin of POMPANO

American Spanish pámpano, from Spanish, a percoid fish (Sparus auratus), literally, vine leaf, from Latin pampinus
First Known Use: 1778

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Florida pompano (Trachinotus carolinus).—Robert Redden/Animals Animals

Any of several species of deep-bodied, toothless, silvery fishes in the order Perciformes (especially in the genus Trachinotus, family Carangidae) inhabiting warm coastal waters worldwide. Some are highly prized as food. Pompanos have small scales, a narrow tail base, and a forked tail. The Florida, or common, pompano (T. carolinus), of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts, is about 18 in. (45 cm) long and weighs about 2 lbs (1 kg). The African pompano, or threadfish (Alectis crinitis), of the Atlantic and eastern Pacific, is 35 in. (90 cm) long and has long, threadlike rays extending from the dorsal and anal fins. The Pacific pompano (Peprilus simillimus) is in the family Stromateidae.


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