Definition of tarpon in English:

tarpon

noun

  • A large tropical marine fish of herring-like appearance.

    • ‘That same morning, I was fighting a leaping tarpon on a tropical flat in southern Belize.’
    • ‘There are also, in separate sections, adult turtles and big fish like jewfish, tarpon, snook and stingrays.’
    • ‘Among these clades are such diverse forms as arawanas, knifefishes, mormyrids, eels, tarpon, and herring.’
    • ‘Biologists also are in varying stages of research and replenishment of cobia, speckled trout, tarpon, snook, crappie, bluegill and striped bass stocks.’
    • ‘Newspaper reports and pictures indicated an angler took an adult tarpon while surf casting at Montauk Point on 17 August 1997.’

Origin

Late 17th century: probably from Dutch tarpoen, perhaps from a Central American language.

Pronunciation:

tarpon

/ˈtɑːpɒn/