- any of numerous fishes of the family Sparidae, chiefly inhabiting tropical and subtropical seas, comprising the porgies, the scups, etc.
- belonging or pertaining to the Sparidae.
Origin of sparid
< New Latin Sparidae, equivalent to Spar(us) a genus (Latin: gilthead < Greek spáros) + -idae -id2
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- any marine percoid fish of the chiefly tropical and subtropical family Sparidae, having a deep compressed body and well-developed teeth: includes the sea breams and porgies
- of, relating to, or belonging to the family Sparidae
C20: from New Latin Sparidae, from Latin sparus a sea bream, from Greek sparos
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