One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to or resembling a fish of the family Pomacentridae, which comprises typically small, frequently brightly coloured fishes of temperate and tropical seas and includes the damselfishes.
A pomacentrid fish.
Mid 19th century. From scientific Latin Pomacentrus, genus name (Lacépède Hist. nat. des poissons IV. 517; from ancient Greek πῶμα lid, cover + κέντρον: see centrum) + -id, after scientific Latin Pomacentridae, family name.
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