tar·​pon | \ ˈtär-pən How to pronounce tarpon (audio) \
plural tarpon or tarpons

Definition of tarpon

: a large silvery elongate bony fish (Megalops atlanticus of the family Elopidae) that occurs especially in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and warm coastal waters of the Atlantic, reaches a length of about six feet (two meters), and is often caught for sport

Examples of tarpon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Skilled anglers can land massive tarpon among the park’s seven islands from land or by private vessel. Outside Online, 30 Sep. 2021 Campeche native Raul Castaneda learned there were other riches here — large populations of juvenile tarpon. Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2022 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 Don’t just sit there and get bummed out when someone pulls in next to you and starts casting at the tarpon coming down the line. Monte Burke, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Sharks live there along with the glory species: tuna, redfish, tarpon, and red snapper. Alan Clemons, Outdoor Life, 19 Mar. 2021 Constantine said the arapaima might be the closest thing to a tarpon, which is a big, athletic fish native to Florida's waters and a popular species for game fishermen. CBS News, 19 Mar. 2021 Constantine said the arapaima might be the closest thing to a tarpon, which is a big, athletic fish native to Florida’s waters and a popular species for game fishermen. Chris Perkins, sun-sentinel.com, 4 Mar. 2021 Like tarpon, Arapaima are capable of jumping out of the water for food and their prey include small mammals, lizards, birds and other fish. Chris Perkins, sun-sentinel.com, 4 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of tarpon

1685, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tarpon

origin unknown

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14 Apr 2022

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“Tarpon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tarpon. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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