nounpl. -·pons or -·pon
any of a family (Megalopidae, order Elopiformes) of bony fishes; esp., a large, silvery game fish (Megalops atlanticus) with very large scales, found in the warmer parts of the W Atlantic
Origin of tarponfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
nounpl. tarpon, or tar·pons
Either of two large marine game fishes, Megalops cyprinoides of the Pacific and Indian Oceans or M. atlanticus of Atlantic coastal waters, having a bluish-green back and silvery sides.
Origin of tarponOrigin unknown
(countable and uncountable, plural tarpons)
- Any of several fishes of the family Elopidae or Megalopidae, especially a large silvery game fish.
Compare Dutch tarpoen. Suggestions that the term derives from a Native American term are unlikely.