Definition of pompano in US English:



  • 1An edible butterfish that lives in shoals along the east coast of North America.

    Peprillus simillimus, family Stromateidae

    • ‘The so-called California pompano is a common Pacific harvest fish.’
    • ‘Among these are the harvest fish (Peprilus alepidotus), an Atlantic species that usually grows to about 20 cm (8 inches) long; the Pacific pompano (Peprilus simillimus), a silvery Californian fish; and Pampus argenteus, a black-spotted, Oriental fish.’
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    another term for jack (sense 11)
    • ‘Yesterday a family trip took place on Bua's Dolphin with many small fish caught, a large ray lost after an hour's fight and two tasty pompano hauled in to grace the frying pan.’
    • ‘The hull is almost entirely covered with cave coral and the ship is home to a 60 kg grouper, along with schools of trevallies, barracudas and African pompanos.’
    • ‘In three hours they had a nine-kilo cobia, a 10-kilo shovelhead ray, two very nice snapper, a nice queen and a pompano.’
    • ‘A 17 lb cobia was caught by Jan Anderson and two pompanos of 12 lb each were taken by Middy Campbell and Ray Milner.’
    • ‘Also expect big pompano - these are basically a crevalle with teeth, but they hit plugs and sardines and go on line scorching runs.’
    • ‘Most surf waders use elongated popping corks to keep shrimp suspended in the fast lane for quality fish such as trout, mackerel and pompano.’
    • ‘One boat of women spent the day in the gulf rather than offshore and caught bonito, sierra mackerel, African pompano, yellow tails and, after an hour's fight, a stingray.’
    • ‘Salmon, tuna, swordfish, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, pompano, bluefish - they're forgiving in the kitchen and big enough to take on some bigger beers.’
    • ‘Bob Myers, from Leeds Yorkshire checked in with an 18 pound pompano for the catch of the day, while Frank Pickett, of Jersey came in second with a nice 15.6 pound queen fish.’
    • ‘For the Bull Ring team, Brian Renouf had an 8-pound pompano and Jim Randall a 6-pound cobia, for a grand total of 288 pounds of fish landed for the day's tournament.’
    • ‘The crew went out again a week later and caught a 14.6 kilo cobia, a 7.1 kilo cobia and a lot of queen fish and pompanos.’
    • ‘The pomfret I had in India is close to impossible to find in the US, so I resolved to use pompano (which is close).’
    • ‘Sounding like a dish right out of Bennigan's, puffed-rice-crusted fluke is an unexpected rush, the crust lending the fish the nutty appeal of the meatier pompano.’
    • ‘Schools of snappers and pompano blotted out the sparkling sun, while trevally and fusiliers whipped about in a frenzy.’
    • ‘Additional fish caught on the day included 5 spotted emperors about 14 lb in weight, 2 pompano at 5 lb and 3 queen fish at 7 lb.’
    • ‘‘We've been seeing lots of pompano, sand trout, whiting - hundreds of whiting - sheepshead, flounder,’ Hicks said.’
    • ‘Old ladies poke at pompano and snapper flopped whole on beds of melting ice in the fish markets.’
    • ‘At some stages there were two and three fish on at a time, and by the time the day was over, they landed 26 queen fish and 4 pompano.’
    • ‘They left the mainland shores at around 6 a.m. for a great day of fishing, resulting a large haul of barracuda, queen fish, jack fish, leather jack, snapper king mackerel and pompanos.’
    • ‘Over the week they were rewarded by the sight of slumbering nurse sharks, moray eels, hawksbill turtles, stingrays, bounteous barracuda, big solitary midnight parrotfish and African pompano.’


Late 18th century: from Spanish pámpano, perhaps from pámpana ‘vine leaf’, because of its shape.