- a deep-bodied food fish, Trachinotus carolinus, inhabiting waters off the South Atlantic and Gulf states.
- a food fish, Preprilus simillimus, of California.
Origin of pompano
First recorded in 1770–80, pompano is from the Spanish word pámpano kind of fish
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Examples from the Web for pompano
Homicide detectives arrested Simon, 24, of Pompano Beach Tuesday night.Dial 911 For a Murder Charge
May 23, 2013
We had opportunities on other days and in other places to test the pompano.Life On The Mississippi, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
It was the most delectable of all the finny genus, superior even to the pompano.Blacksheep! Blacksheep!
Put four small whole pompano and four fillets of pompano in a buttered saut pan, and season with salt and pepper.
Use four whole California pompano; or the four fillets from one Florida fish.
Roll four small California pompano in flour, and season with salt and pepper.
- any of several deep-bodied carangid food fishes of the genus Trachinotus, esp T. carolinus, of American coastal regions of the Atlantic
- a spiny-finned food fish, Palometa simillima, of North American coastal regions of the Pacific: family Stromateidae (butterfish, etc)
C19: from Spanish pámpano type of fish, of uncertain origin
Word Origin and History for pompano
ocean fish, 1778, from American Spanish pampano, a name given to various types of fish, from Spanish, originally "vine, tendril," from Latin pampinus "tendril or leaf of a vine."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper