Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various deep-bodied marine food fishes of the family Sparidae, especially a common species Pagrus pagrus of Mediterranean and Atlantic waters.
  • n. Any of several fishes similar to the porgy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several fish of the family Sparidae; the sea bream or scup

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. The scup.
  • n. The sailor's choice, or pinfish.
  • n. The margate fish.
  • n. The spadefish.
  • n. Any one of several species of embiotocoids, or surf fishes, of the Pacific coast. The name is also given locally to several other fishes, as the bur fish.
  • n. Any one of numerous sparoid food fishes, as the jolthead porgy, the sheepshead porgy (Calamus penna) of the West Indies, the grass porgy (Calamus arctifrons) of Florida, and the red porgy (Pagrus pagrus) of Europe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of several different fishes.
  • n. A scaroid fish, Scarus radians.
  • n. Same as white perch (which see, under perch).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. lean flesh of fish found in warm waters of southern Atlantic coast of the United States
  • n. important deep-bodied food and sport fish of warm and tropical coastal waters; found worldwide

Etymologies

Alteration of Spanish and Portuguese pargo, both alteration of Latin phager, a kind of fish, from Greek phagros, sea bream.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish or Portuguese pargo, from Latin phagrum, accusative of phager, from Ancient Greek φαγρος (phagros, "sea bream"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "I Loves You, Porgy" - Billie Holiday.

    February 9, 2008