pom·​pa·​no | \ ˈpäm-pə-ˌnō How to pronounce pompano (audio) , ˈpəm- How to pronounce pompano (audio) \
plural pompano or pompanos

Definition of pompano

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

Examples of pompano in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Surf anglers are starting to see pompano showing up, though bluefish, ladyfish and jacks are still the most abundant species. Frank Sargeant, al, 24 Sep. 2021 Catch the whiting and pompano on pink FishBites in the sand flea flavor, the other species on a 3 inch chrome spoon cranked fast outside the bar. Frank Sargeant, al, 21 May 2021 Fans from all over have been descending on this remote river city for a last chance at enjoying Lusco’s signature dishes: spicy shrimp, beef steaks, broiled whole pompano and fried chicken. New York Times, 16 Aug. 2021 From the coast, surf fishing remains very good anytime the water clears, with lots of whiting, a few leftover pompano, jack crevalle, blues and Spanish. Frank Sargeant, al, 21 May 2021 Sometimes those predators - speckled trout, redfish, black drum, pompano, even the occasional tarpon and king mackerel - plow into the congregations of forage. Shannon Tompkins, Chron, 11 June 2021 From the coast, water temperature on the beach is around 78, still cool enough for an occasional pompano in the surf as well as plenty of whiting. Frank Sargeant, al, 4 June 2021 Fish Bites Sand Flea flavor prepared bait on 1/0 kahle hooks on a double pompano rig, heave the rig out beyond the first ledge and drop the rod in a holder. Frank Sargeant, al, 7 May 2021 Not only the pompano find it, but also bluefish, whiting, black drum and even the occasional redfish. Frank Sargeant, al, 7 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pompano

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pompano

American Spanish pámpano, from Spanish, a percoid fish (Sparus auratus), literally, vine leaf, from Latin pampinus

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“Pompano.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pompano. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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