pompano
noun (plural -no or -nos) Etymology: American Spanish pámpano, from Spanish, a percoid fish (Sparus auratus), literally, vine leaf, from Latin pampinus Date: 1778 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Pompano — Pom pa*no, n. [Sp. p[ a]mpano.] [Written also {pampano}.] (Zo[ o]l.) 1. Any one of several species of marine fishes of the genus {Trachynotus}, of which four species are found on the Atlantic coast of the United States; called also {palometa}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pompano — ☆ pompano [päm′pə nō΄ ] n. pl. pompano or pompanos [Sp pámpano, a kind of fish, tendril < L pampinus, tendril, young shoot] any of various edible, marine North American and West Indian jack fishes (esp. genus Trachinotus) with spiny fins and a …   English World dictionary

  • pompano — (n.) 1778, from Amer.Sp. pampano, used of various types of fish, from Spanish, originally vine, tendril, from L. pampinus tendril or leaf of a vine …   Etymology dictionary

  • Pompano — Taxobox name = Pompanos image caption = Florida pompano, Trachinotus carolinus regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Actinopterygii ordo = Perciformes familia = Carangidae genus = Trachinotus genus authority = Lacépède, 1801 subdivision… …   Wikipedia

  • pompano — /pom peuh noh /, n., pl. (esp. collectively) pompano, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) pompanos. 1. a deep bodied food fish, Trachinotus carolinus, inhabiting waters off the South Atlantic and Gulf states. 2. a food fish,… …   Universalium

  • pompano — /ˈpɒmpənoʊ/ (say pompuhnoh) noun (plural pompano or pompanos) 1. a deep bodied Atlantic food fish of the genus Trachinotus. 2. a prized food fish, Palometus simillimus, of California. {American Spanish, from Spanish: vine tendril (probably… …   Australian English dictionary

  • pompano — noun Any of various fish, of the genera Trachinotus, Parona, or Zalocys, from coastal parts of the North Atlantic …   Wiktionary

  • pompano — pÉ‘mpÉ™nəʊ / pÉ’m n. species of fish that lives in the southern Atlantic Ocean …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pompano — [ pɒmpənəʊ] noun (plural pompanos) 1》 an edible butterfish of the west coast of North America. [Peprillus simillimus.] 2》 another term for jack1 (in sense 10). Origin C18: from Sp. pámpano, perh. from pámpana vine leaf , because of its shape …   English new terms dictionary

  • pompano — pom·pa·no …   English syllables

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