Tarpon meaning

tärpən
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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.
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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.
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Any of several fishes of the family Elopidae or Megalopidae, especially a large silvery game fish.
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Origin of tarpon

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Compare Dutch tarpoen. Suggestions that the term derives from a Native American term are unlikely.

    From Wiktionary