Definition of pompano in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpämpəˌnō/

noun (plural pompanos)

1An edible butterfish that lives in shoals along the east coast of North America.
  • Peprillus simillimus, family Stromateidae
Example sentences
  • The so-called California pompano is a common Pacific harvest fish.
  • Among these are the harvest fish (Peprilus alepidotus), an Atlantic species that usually grows to about 20 cm (8 inches) long; the Pacific pompano (Peprilus simillimus), a silvery Californian fish; and Pampus argenteus, a black-spotted, Oriental fish.
2 another term for jack1 (sense 11).
Example sentences
  • Over the week they were rewarded by the sight of slumbering nurse sharks, moray eels, hawksbill turtles, stingrays, bounteous barracuda, big solitary midnight parrotfish and African pompano.
  • The hull is almost entirely covered with cave coral and the ship is home to a 60 kg grouper, along with schools of trevallies, barracudas and African pompanos.
  • One boat of women spent the day in the gulf rather than offshore and caught bonito, sierra mackerel, African pompano, yellow tails and, after an hour's fight, a stingray.


Late 18th century: from Spanish pámpano, perhaps from pámpana 'vine leaf', because of its shape.

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