- any of several scombroid fishes of the family Bramidae, found in the North Atlantic and Pacific.
- any of several East Indian stromateid fishes, especially Stromateoides argenteus, valued as food.
Origin of pomfret
1720–30; earlier pamplee, pamflet, pomphlet; compare French pample, Portuguese pampo
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But Pomfret was impossible, and vexation thickened on vexation.The Reign of Mary Tudor
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His grandfather, Nathaniel, was one of the earliest settlers of Pomfret, in 1704.Tea Leaves
On August 3rd she left Skipton, arriving at Pomfret on the 5th.In Convent Walls
Emily Sarah Holt
His mother was one of them white-livered Lulls, from Pomfret.
But Mrs. Pomfret did not give the signal for her coachman to drive on.Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete
- a small black rounded confection of liquoriceAlso called: Pontefract cake
C19: from Pomfret, earlier form of Pontefract, where the cake was originally made
- any of various fishes of the genus Stromateidae of the Indian and Pacific oceans: valued as food fishes
- any of various scombroid fishes, esp Brama raii, of northern oceans: valued as food fishes
C18: perhaps from a diminutive form of Portuguese pampo
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