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.
Webster's New World
- Tarpon atlanticus
Other Word Forms of Tarpon
Origin of Tarpon
Compare Dutch tarpoen. Suggestions that the term derives from a Native American term are unlikely.
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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