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.

Nearby words

  1. sparerib,
  2. spareribs,
  3. sparganoma,
  4. sparganosis,
  5. sparge,
  6. sparine,
  7. sparing,
  8. sparing action,
  9. sparingly,
  10. spark

Origin of sparid

< New Latin Sparidae, equivalent to Spar(us) a genus (Latin: gilthead < Greek spáros) + -idae -id2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sparid




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

Word Origin for sparid

C20: from New Latin Sparidae, from Latin sparus a sea bream, from Greek sparos

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