Definition of tarpon in English:

tarpon

Line breaks: tar¦pon
Pronunciation: /ˈtɑːpɒn
 
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noun

A large tropical marine fish of herring-like appearance.
  • Two species in the family Megalopidae: Tarpon atlanticus, a prized Atlantic game fish, and Megalops cyprinoides of the Indo-Pacific
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  • Among these clades are such diverse forms as arawanas, knifefishes, mormyrids, eels, tarpon, and herring.
  • Biologists also are in varying stages of research and replenishment of cobia, speckled trout, tarpon, snook, crappie, bluegill and striped bass stocks.
  • There are also, in separate sections, adult turtles and big fish like jewfish, tarpon, snook and stingrays.

Origin

late 17th century: probably from Dutch tarpoen, perhaps from a Central American language.

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