AskDefine | Define pompano

Dictionary Definition



1 flesh of pompano; warm-water fatty fish
2 any of several deep-bodied food fishes of western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico

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  1. Any of various fish, of the genera Trachinotus, Parona, or Zalocys, from coastal parts of the North Atlantic




Extensive Definition

Pompanos are marine fishes in the Trachinotus genus of the Carangidae family. Pompano may also refer to various other members of the Carangidae family and Perciforme order. Their appearance is deep bodied and mackerel-like, typically silver colored and toothless with a forked tail and narrow base. There are twenty described species and most are valued as seafood. Some species are considered prize delicacies and game fish.
The Florida pompano, Trachinotus carolinus, reaches about 45 cm (18 inches) and 1.5 kg (three pounds), while the permit, Trachinotus falcatus reaches about 90 cm (three feet) and more than 14 kg (thirty pounds plus).


pompano in Chinese: 鯧鰺
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