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

  • n. Any of several fishes of the family Elopidae or Megalopidae, especially a large silvery game fish (Megalops atlanticus) of Atlantic coastal waters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several fishes of the family Elopidae or Megalopidae, especially a large silvery game fish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as tarpum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large game-fish of the family Elopidæ and subfamily Megalopinæ (which see), specifically Megalops atlanticus, also called jewfish.

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

  • n. large silvery game fish of warm Atlantic coastal waters especially off Florida

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare Dutch tarpoen. Suggestions that the term derives from a Native American term are unlikely.[2][3] (Wiktionary)

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  • "...Fish in gleaming plenty: tarpon, cavallies, mullets, snappers, yellowtails, old-maids, ten-pounders (thought rather coarse, said Square, but nourishing), and of course great heaps of oysters."
    --P. O'Brian, The Commodore, 203

    March 18, 2008