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  • n. Alternative form of tenpounder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large oceanic fish (Elops saurus) found in the tropical parts of all the oceans. It is used chiefly for bait.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See pounder, 1 and 2.
  • n. Something that weighs ten pounds.
  • n. The big-eyed herring, Elops saurus. See cut under Elops.

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

  • n. game fish resembling the tarpon but smaller


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  • Any bull trout you can get away with calling a ten-pounder in front of witnesses is a real nice one and well within what the fisheries types call the “typical maximum-size range.”

    Fool’s Paradise

  • “You give birth to a ten-pounder, then you can talk.”

    Promise Me

  • If the estimates had been correct, I should have had at least one ten-pounder.

    Getting Down To Business: Update

  • British Army had no mountain guns except the Indian ten-pounder, which was serviceable only against bows and arrows.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • More than once we were toppled from our wooden rafts, in Goose Pond or Stump Pond, in fighting what turned out to be an eight-or ten-pounder.


  • The fish hook themselves, and are generally hauled neck and crop into the boat; but the careful boatman will have a gaff on board for the emergency of a ten-pounder or over.

    Lines in Pleasant Places Being the Aftermath of an Old Angler

  • However, I really believe our captain was after all secretly proud of his ten-pounder, as he sat at the head of the table in the palatial saloon of the magnificent steam yacht of oceanic size.

    Lines in Pleasant Places Being the Aftermath of an Old Angler

  • Had the shot been from the one hundred and ten-pounder rifle, the result would have been different, though without serious damage, because the shot struck five feet above the water line, and if sent through the side would have cleared the machinery and boilers.

    The Story of the Kearsarge and Alabama

  • Luckily, a one hundred and ten-pounder rifle shell which lodged in the stern post, raising the transom frame, and a thirty-two-pounder shell that entered forward of forward-pivot port, crushing water-ways, did not explode.

    The Story of the Kearsarge and Alabama

  • The battery of the Kearsarge consisted of seven guns, two eleven-inch pivots, smooth bore, one twenty-eight-pounder rifle, and four light thirty-two pounders; that of the Alabama of eight guns, one sixty-eight-pounder pivot, smooth bore, one one hundred and ten-pounder rifle pivot, and six heavy thirty-two pounders.

    The Story of the Kearsarge and Alabama


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  • Slang (archaic?) for a certain kind of fish. Usage on tarpon.

    March 18, 2008