One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A young or small bonito or tunny; specifically the Atlantic bonito, Sarda sarda.
Late 16th century. From classical Latin pēlamyd-, pēlamys (also pēlamid-, pēlamis) a young or small tunny from ancient Greek πηλαμύδ-, πηλαμύς, of uncertain origin, perhaps a loanword. In form palamede probably after French † palamide; compare Old Occitan, Occitan palamida, Spanish palamida. In form palmita probably after Italian palamita.
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