- a sparid food fish, Pagrus pagrus, found in the Mediterranean and off the Atlantic coasts of Europe and America.
- any of several other sparid fishes, as the scup.
Origin of porgy
1715–25; porg(o), variant of pargo (< Spanish or Portuguese < Latin pag(a)rus kind of fish < Greek págros, variant of phágros) + -y2
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C18: from Spanish pargo, from Latin phager type of fish, from Greek phagros sea bream
Word Origin and History for porgy
name given to various sea fishes, 1725, probably from pargo "sea bream" (1550s), from Spanish or Portuguese pargo, from Latin phagrum (nom. phager), from Greek phagros "sea bream."
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